A center aimed at supporting human development and capacity building needs – especially during the present difficult time of the current economic challenges in the country, the Liberia Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Center (LIMPAC) of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), has again contributed L$500,000 to the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU).
The amount will be used to support the ULSU’s scholarship scheme and financial aid for students for the first semester of academic year 2017/2018.
Del Francis Wreh, Executive Director of LIMPAC, said the contribution will provide relief to hundreds of students at the state-run university who risked being dropped from the university due to financial constraint.
“As Minister of Finance, there is no way you can run the office without mentioning education. You need educated people to do everything and it was based on the Minister’s desire and determination for education at the University of Liberia and the country at large that he asked LIMPAC and the university’s students union to ensure that LIMPAC provides whatever support that is needed for the students’ agenda,’’ he said.
Presenting the check on behalf of Boima S. Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Wreh cautioned the leadership of ULSU and students to remain constructively engaged with the university leadership and stakeholders as they pursue their academic studies.
Director Wreh explained that Minister Kamara’s intervention was based on a request by the leadership of ULSU to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
It may be recalled that in June of this year, the Ministry through LIMPAC provided L$1 million to ULSU to raise the hopes of hundreds of students of the University of Liberia who feared being dropped for the second semester of academic year 2016/2017.
He said Minister Kamara, who is also chairperson of the Board of Management of LIMPAC, saw it prudent to support the students’ scholarship fund drive.
“Minister Kamara also felt the need to support the students because he was once in a similar position looking up for a scholarship to pursue his education as a student at the University of Liberia,” he said.
He commended student Martin Kollie of the press and propaganda bureau of SUP and the entire leadership of the students for being instrumental in advocating for support to the ULSU Scholarship and Financial Aid Program.
Responding, the acting President of SUP, Jerome Danquiah, lauded Minister Kamara for restoring the hopes of students and assured him that the money will be used purposefully.
He said to move Liberia forward “our concentration should be on education, which is the fundamental right of all citizens.”
“No country can make significant progress in the without education,” he added, assuring the minister that the money will be used for the intended purpose.