The political leader of Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Rev. Kennedy G. Sandy has challenged Liberian youth who have received both formal and informal education to do positive things that will be worth noting down as history rather than always reading the history made by other people.
Addressing the 20th graduation exercise of the senior high division of Jimmy Jolocon High School in Gardnersville over the weekend, Rev. Sandy said Liberia is not progressing in development because it lacks sufficient trained manpower in all spheres of life. He said all sectors in the country are virtually broken down and as such lack the capacities to showcase anything good for the citizens.
“We need engineers, architects, aquaculturists (fish farmers), scientists, cardiologists (doctors who treat heart diseases), pediatrics (doctors who take care of children’s illness) and all other professionals who will make this country a great one as any other nation,” Rev. Sandy said, adding that at some point in time this year he had to take a woman to Ghana so as she could receive dental care because there was nowhere in Liberia where her case could be dealt with, more so after several attempts at all prominent health centers, including JFK.
He added that inasmuch as Liberians cannot feed themselves, the country is doomed and its progress in development remains elusive. “You can be what you want to be and help this country become the best it should, if you choose to demonstrate diligence, and trustworthiness and honesty. You can lead this country to its positive future,” he noted. He called on the graduates to not underestimate their own abilities to do great things.
“Know today who you want to be tomorrow. You girls, please, do not allow yourselves to become pregnant while pursuing your education. Be vigilant and responsible in your social interactions with your peers as well as every other person,” Kennedy said. He called on the graduates become people focused on making history by helping in the resuscitation of the country’s economy and all other sectors. He meanwhile offered scholarships to higher institutions of learning to high ranking students, including the dux, Alloysius Heagbetu and Esteria Tuoyon, the student who introduced him as the occasion’s keynote speaker.
For his part, the valedictorian of the School, Aloysius Heagbetu, Jr. said for an individual to become successful and marketable he or she must acquire good skills and knowledge through training.
“For a country to be developed, our education system must meet today’s realities. If we don’t have the right environment, skilled manpower and the right logistics our getting on par with other countries ours will continue to be a dream,” Heagbetu said.
He added that the transformation of any individual comes from an act of learning, either formal or informal. Speaking on theme, “Education is the gateway to success,” he said without proper education it is possible that one becomes robbed of economic, social and moral benefits that life has to offer. He added that without education, one can easily be manipulated and used for evil purposes.
Heagbetu thanked his teachers and school administration for helping them (graduates) to receive firsthand formal grade education.
Also making a remark, Mr. D. Kaihenneh Sengbe, an alumnus of Jimmy Jolocon who now heads the press and public affairs office of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), said his Alma matter is the best high school in Liberia. “The evidences are there. Graduates of this noble institution can now be found in almost every office in this country because we were taught the best and continue to exemplify what we have learned,” Sengbe said.
“Because I passed through the walls of this great institution, I was able to serve as secretary general of the Press Union of Liberia. This is also known that I am at the helm of the communications department at LRA,” he noted. He added that the motto of Jolocon, which says “order, discipline and sacrifice,” is a great motto that, when taken seriously by anyone, progress is certain.
He thanked the school for all it has and is still doing in contribution to the education of many young people in the country and challenged the graduates to remain focused and aim high.