Alexander B. Cummings, a Liberian business mogul turned politician is very sure of winning the upcoming presidential election on the ticket of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) party.
Until that time next year, Mr. Cummings has already begun to articulate his vision for the country’s education system which underscores the importance of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) when he granted an interview to a team of reporters of the Daily Observer newspaper at their ELWA Junction offices on Wednesday.
If Liberia is to reach its full potential as other developed nations, Mr. Cummings contends that the country’s education system needs a paradigm shift towards TVET which he said must be a major priority component of the country’s national development agenda.
TVET, he said, “is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work including apprenticeship training, vocational education, technical education, and occupational education.”
If the urgent and compelling need for Liberia’s TVET is fully prioritized, he is confident that the country will experience rapid growth and development coming from devastating years of civil crisis.
The ANC standard bearer said that despite the education negatives, the country deserves the needed support that will enable it to provide quality vocational training that students require in order for them to in turn provide quality services to the country after their graduation.
Liberia needs a different kind of perspective, be it in education, security, agriculture, health and all other sectors as well as leadership, and not “more of the same” where the education sector will remain elusive, Mr. Cummings maintained.
“Liberia needs real change because most of the political class has deep alliances that are associated with some of the causes of the Liberian conflict; hence, alliances make it almost impossible to introduce new equitable systems of efficiency, transparency and accountability free of influence peddling.
“Alex is the change Liberia needs in all sectors unlike any other leader in our nation’s history,” Mr. Cummings declared.
Mr. Cummings is a businessman and philanthropist, renowned internationally as a global corporate executive with over 30 years of leadership and demonstrated achievement.
Born and raised in Liberia, Mr. Cummings is a graduate of the College of West Africa and briefly matriculated to Cuttington College (now Cuttington University) in Suakoko, near Gbarnga, Bong County before pursuing his bachelors in Finance and Economics at Northern Illinois University in the U.S.
He returned to Liberia and worked for the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) before moving internationally beginning with the Pillsbury Company in Minnesota and then the giant Coca-Cola Company including its subsidiaries in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and the United
Kingdom, where he served as executive vice president and chief Administrative officer (CAO) of the Coca-Cola Company. He retired last year and turned home to participate in the country’s political and socio-economic activities.
Mr. Cummings holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Atlanta University (Clark Atlanta University). He is married to Teresa (33 years) and together they have two children, Ayo and Boikai and one granddaughter, Nyah.