The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia, Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr., has challenged prospective high school graduates to study science courses in universities when they graduate from grade school.
Blama cautioned prospective high school graduates against enrolling in business colleges, “because some of your friends who studied management even up to master’s degree level are without jobs up to date.”
Mr. Blama, who spoke to a group of students and instructors from several high schools at a forum dubbed “Awareness Hour” and held at EPA Theater on Sinkor 4th Street on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, said the world is in search of scientists and, therefore, such people cannot go without jobs easily.
He said that the first three richest people in the world studied science and technology, noting, “They got their monies from science and technology.”
Apparently discouraging students from studying management, Blama said that management and accounting are fixed, while science provides room for expansion.
He added, “In science, you will have to either build on theories or disprove theories.”
He further told students that Liberia needs environmentalists and engineers, amid the glaring impact of climate change and the lack of infrastructural development.
Mr. Blama persuaded female students to do engineering, agriculture and environmental science, and provided names of tertiary institutions, including Cuttington University, Stella Maris, Seventh Day Adventist University and African Methodist Episcopal University, which are all offering degrees in environmental sciences.
He underscored the importance of studying environmental science, since Monrovia is below sea level, and that the city would be wept out by a single eruption in the ocean if care is not taken.
Blama reiterated the negative consequences of building on wetlands across the country, and described people who build on wetlands as “wasteful adventurers.”
He said that there are hidden costs associated with building on wetlands, because people who build on wetlands affect the environment by causing flooding in communities.
Prior to Blama’s statement, EPA Educational Officer Momo Kamara did a power point presentation on waste management and how to control waste and dispose waste.
The student “Awareness Hour” was organized by Intersectoral, in order to educate students on the importance of preserving the environment. Intersectoral has already established environmental clubs in various high schools across the country.