Says education plays a pivotal role in the development of any nation
The management of Ecobank Liberia has presented an amount of US$500 each to two students that acquired the highest academic honour in Accounting and management of the University of Liberia (UL). The two winning students are Nazarine Watson and Sulaiman Jalloh.
Delivering the convocation address recently of the College of Business and Public Administration at Fendell Campus, the bank’s managing director, George Mensah-Asante, whose statement was read by Steve Howard, head of Corporate and Investment Banking, told the students and faculty that the bank will not limit itself to providing only banking services to this institution but will also assist in bringing out the full potentials of students via recognition and awards.
“With this, Ecobank will today present a cash award to the dux of the accounting and management departments.
“As we are fully aware, education plays a pivotal role in the development of any nation. It raises the productivity and creativity levels of people, promotes entrepreneurship and leads to technological advancement. It is so vital that no country can achieve sustainable economic development without significant investment in building human capital,” he noted.
Therefore, the need to assist in developing the educational sector of Liberia and Africa at large cannot be overemphasized. “With this, Ecobank has identified Education and Health as the two keys focus of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This, we have continued to pursue over the past 18 years and have deemed it prudent to always identify with locals of where we operate and beyond,” said Mensah-Asante.
The Ecobank MD recalled that their partnership with the UL is a special and long standing one, adding that “We are proud to have supported the University to facilitate it work as evident by our services being provided on the grounds of this noble institution.
He said the bank will continue to render support to the University through the provision of improved financial services that will bring convenience to faculty, staff and students.
He continued: “For us at Ecobank, banking is no longer where you go but what you do. We call this ‘Anytime, Anywhere banking’.
“We will continue to do all we can to make banking reachable and expedient. We have put banking at your fingertips, so I am urging you all to explore this service and enjoy the ease and convenience it offers.
“To the graduates; today is a great day for you, your parents, family and friends. After several years of hard work, you are leaving these walls to begin a new journey. Remember, the world is a bigger place as compared to this campus and the choices you make could shape your future either positively or negatively. I will therefore like to share with you a few things that I believe will help you on this journey.”
He urged the graduates to make use of every opportunity; because life may not start as they assume. According to him, it is good to dream, but sometimes dreams are delayed or do not meet your expectations.
“Do not feel discouraged; make use of every opportunity that may come your way; step by step you will achieve what you initially set out to do. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.
“Finally; never stop seeking knowledge. We live in a non-static world – transformation is on a very high speed. Today, technology has changed the world and how we interact in various ways. Therefore do not be complacent in your educational sojourn, go further by pursuing a master’s degree and also a doctorate degree.
“The more you learn, the broader your horizon. Keep abreast with current inclinations and use technological products that allow you to work smarter and make life easier,” he concluded.