The Board of Trustees of the Barshell University College (BUC) recently presented US$50,000 to its newly appointed president, Dr. Israel Obiasogu to improve the institution and challenged him to deliver as he steers the affairs of the college.
While presenting the funds, Montserrado Electoral District #3 Representative, Ceebee C.D. Barshell, said the intent of the money is to improve the lives of Liberians through education, promising not to compromise building their capacity.
“On behalf of the trustees, we have accepted the challenge to settle 75 percent of the tuition for each of the students, so as to attract quality to the education sector,” Barshell said to a round of applause.
He is the founder and chief executive officer of the Barshell Foundation, which includes a high school, a water company and the BUC.
Besides the funds, Rep. Barshell also presented to Dr. Obiasogu a desktop printer valued at over US$10,000, projectors for all the classrooms, and 4,973 arm chairs, which he said were paid for by a partner in business, the Afriland First Bank.
He said many young Liberians want to acquire higher education, but lacked the ability to pay US$15 or more at private universities per credit hour.
“Students enrolling at the BUC are required to pay US$3.75, but as it is, we still find it difficult to collect the money form them because we have to bear with them having realized that in spite of the difficult times, it is possible for anyone to succeed,” Barshell said.
In a related development, the BUC Administration is constructing a 75 multipurpose in Wein Town, Paynesville, while the college has acquired over 10 acres of land in Mount Barclay to construct its future campus.
After receiving the money, Dr. Obiasogu expressed gratitude to God and the college’s board for accepting him to serve the college.
He added, “whatever is worth doing will be worthy to do well here because education accompanied by community service will be keys to my agenda.”
He said relevance will be given to education at BUC based on what is of use to the Liberian society, instead of offering courses merely for the sake of educating a group of people.
“The sense of community life needs to be entrenched in every facet of the Liberian society if only the needed change should come. People have to take responsibility for their actions and do well to help our country improve,” Obiasogu said.
He thanked the students, faculty staff as well as the support staff for making him feel at home since his arrival from Nigeria to take on his assignment at BUC.
Student Emartina L. Karimu, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues of the nursing department, expressed gratitude to Rep. Barshell and the entire BUC for their efforts to improve the learning environment.
BUC comprises colleges of business, science and technology, nursing, education and journalism.