Presenters Recommend Book use for University Lecturers
A well-researched book entitled Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects and authored by Dr. Eugene H. Shannon, a prominent Liberian Geologist, was on Friday, February 22, 2019, launched at the University of Liberia (UL) Fendell campus, outside Monrovia.
The launch of the environment and mining book, many attendees told the Daily Observer during the program, attracted a broad spectrum of academic, economic, business executives and professors, university lecturers and students from Montserrado County.
The book launch also drew a sizable number of former ministers and directors of the then Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, who made professional presentations of the book chapter by chapter, aimed at giving a clearer understanding and narratives of the contents.
In an executive summary of the book, University of Liberia president Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks disclosed that the university has introduced two post graduate programs in Environmental Management, Environmental Science and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science.
Dr. Weeks indicated that these under and post graduate degree programs will be named and placed under the College of Environmental studies at the University of Liberia’s academic programs in the country.
Dr. Weeks thanked Dr. Shannon and staff for the brilliant academic work, which is expected to be of great benefit to the environmental science programs and studies of Liberia premier and higher institutions of learning in the country.
In remarks, former Central Bank of Liberia governor Elie Saleeby pointed out that when he was asked to participate in the launch of the book, the invitation was received with trepidation owing to the professional nature of the environment and mining book.
“I must admit, I was indeed astonished due to the fact that the book is well-organized and predicated on real life stories in our country,” Mr. Saleeby asserted
He however described the book as a must-read and masterpiece for students undergoing studies in geology, environment and mining and related industries at the various universities in the country.
Dr. Peter S. Humphrey, Dean of the College of Science and Technology of the University of Liberia, described the book as very important as it relates to the environment in Liberia and globally.
“If we think about the environment, human beings are the environment, and whatever we do in the environment have some kind of effect on us, especially with the recent development in Nimba County, North-eastern Liberia,” Dr. Humphrey stressed.
Besides, Dr. Humphrey noted, the UL has launched degree programs in environmental studies and such a book will contribute a lot to the science program in the years to come.
Dr. Humphrey added that this book should have come yesterday as it is a very useful academic work which will enrich the UL science program, especially students pursuing studies in the sciences.
He also challenged the UL faculty and professors to cultivate the virtues of writing books in the various disciplines, which would enhance and improve the overall academic programs of the University of Liberia.
Former Central Bank of Liberia governor during the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Administration Dr. Joseph Mills Jones described the book as an excellent academic material which will greatly help to breach the huge gap of relevant textbooks for instructions at the University of Liberia.
Former Governor Jones urged students, teachers, professors and other lecturers to take advantage of the environment and mining book in order to help improve the science programs of the University of Liberia.
In a brief statement about the book, former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Cletus Wortorson stressed the need for extensive support to the monitoring aspects of various investment and mining projects in the country.
The former Pro Tempore of the Senate presented his written work to author Eugene H. Shannon for onward presentation to the Geology Department of the University of Liberia, as part of lecture notes and lessons.
Mr. Wortorson stressed that if professional geologists are not adequately funded, they will be left at the mercy of concession executives to foot bills during monitoring and supervision, which will leave room for compromise and ineffective work.
In his presentation, former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister under late President Samuel K. Doe Dr. Fodee Kromah, underscored the need for more support to the environmental and mining sectors of Liberia in a bid to enhance effective monitoring and supervision of investment in the extractive industry.
In a statement and presentation at the book launch, the Dean of the College of Engineering of the University of Liberia Mr. Augustus S. Moore noted that the environment and mining book has added another great boost to the academic advancement of the sciences.
Dean Moore extended thanks to Dr. Shannon and team for the splendid academic work, and urged students of the College of Engineering to take the book as a relevant textbook in the years to come.
In a brief statement, Dr. Shannon extended thanks and appreciation to academic, economic, business executives, and professors as well as teachers and students that graced the occasion, especially their support given during and after years of hard work and determination.
In closing, Dr. Shannon disclosed that former CBL Governor Elie Saleeby purchased 25 copies of the newly published Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects, which will be placed in the UL library for the use of students, teachers, lecturers and professors of the Engineering College.