The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Liberia, Ambassador Farid Zarif, recently called on young people as well as adult Liberians graduating from universities and other institutions of learning to consider themselves as a collective hope for the transformation and reconstruction of the nation.
‘’You owe your country your patriotism, honesty in service and sacrifices to improve your economy through individual and collective efforts,’’ Ambassador Zarif said recently in his address on the occasion of the 2nd commencement convocation of St. Clements University College held at the Philadelphia Central Church in Monrovia.
Earning degrees is a good thing but better preparation for the job market is the most significant thing a good citizen should yearn for, Mr. Zarif admonished.
He reminded the graduates of their responsibilities to their country as part of their legitimate rights.
The SRSG said Liberia has come a long way and it is time for everyone, regardless of the existing differences, to work for the elevation of the country to a better status as Africa’s oldest republic.
‘’In the face of the many difficult challenges, you should resolve never to see the ugly past repeat itself,’’ Zarif said.
The U.N. boss meanwhile lamented that the Liberian Legislature, which is expected to initiate transformations through the enactment of good laws, is underperforming.
‘’There are many bills on the shelves of the Legislature that are accumulating dust daily, which, when passed into law can bring smiles to the faces of the struggling citizens who pay the very Lawmakers through tax payments.’’
The SRSG said that in order to have stability as a dynamic society, justice must be the hallmark.
‘’You don’t need the presence of huge security forces to feel secure but justice can overcome fears and guarantee you the real security,” Mr. Zarif said.
The vice president for academic affairs of the college, Rev. Aloysious W. Kpadeh, giving a review of the institution’s history said the college which was founded 20 years ago by an Australian couple, Dr. David LeCornu and his wife Betty, began a pilot survey in Liberia in 2006 with the hope of contributing to the provision of quality tertiary education.
‘’From 2010 up to date, the St. Clements University College continues to offer Associate Degrees in Development Studies,
Procurement, Banking and Finance, Human Resource and Petroleum Engineering,’’ Rev. Kpadeh said.
He said SCUC is preparing to start a full B.Sc degree program after the Commission on Higher Education grants it the license to start such a program.
Concerning academic distinctions, 17 students graduated Suma Cum Laude.
The president of the graduating class, Prince Wungko, said he is excited for adding value to his life and called on his colleagues to prove their worth in the job market.
Wungko, who earned an Associate Degree in Banking and Finance two years ago and another in Procurement Management at the recent graduation from St. Clements University, said that he and his colleagues are well equipped to serve the nation in their areas of studies.
‘’I will continue to acquire more knowledge in several other disciplines; and to prove it, I am also a student of the Media Aid Foundation,’’ he said.
The second commencement convocation granted the AA degree to 51 persons.