Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue has challenged the Government and people of Liberia to take responsibility for the destiny of the country, adding, “The destiny of a nation should and can only dwell on the shoulder of the nation itself, big or small.”
In his speech marking the handover of the newly constructed Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), Ambassador Zhang emphasized that hard work, perseverance, strong leadership; right policies and unity are some of the defining factors behind success.
He said it is from such experience that China has become great as it is in the world.
According to Ambassador Zhang, both China and Liberia are developing countries facing similar development challenges which he said compel them to consider development as a top priority for which they must engage in mutually beneficial cooperation.
The construction of the MVTC is one of China’s promised development projects to Liberia.
The Chinese Ambassador expressed the hope that young Liberians will shoulder the responsibility to make better use of the facility to acquire knowledge that will help build their country.
“I wish you can take this precious opportunity of getting access to modern training facilities in the new MVTC and devote yourselves to the development of Liberia,” Ambassador Zhang urged the youth.
He reiterated China’s commitment to reliable partnership with Liberia, noting that it is not only in training and education, but also in all fields that could benefit Liberians.
“Each generation has its own mission and it is our generation’s responsibility to further promote China-Liberia cooperation and inject new vigor into the comprehensive cooperative relationship between our two countries,” he emphasized.
He urged Liberians to engage in team work, expressing China’s readiness to dedicate itself to work with Liberia.
The MVTC, Ambassador Zhang said, is equipped with sufficient modern facilities to meet the learning needs of young Liberians.
With a budget of roughly US$9 million, MVTC’s entire campus is composed of a large teaching, laboratory, and administrative building, and two dormitory buildings for faculty and students respectively.
It is also composed of a library that can accommodate 300 people with energy and water supply systems that can serve the entire facility.
It also has special facilities that will cater to the needs of the disables people and a sewage disposal system for environmental protection. The new facilities were constructed by the Shanxi Construction Company.
In her words of appreciation to the Chinese Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the project as a “long awaited” one to get young Liberians to take charge and contribute to the development of their country.
The President told Liberians that “the facility is ours, and so its operation and maintenance rest upon us.”
She said poor maintenance and destruction of facilities have made it difficult for the country’s infrastructure to be maintained, expressing the hope that other government functionaries including the Legislature will cooperate in making the facility useful.
She then commended the Chinese Government for the project and reiterated her call for the completion of the rest that include the ministerial complex and the refurbishing of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, said the completion of the project brings to realization President Sirleaf’s mandate to officials that they should not only break ground for a project, but the project should be fully implemented.
He said considering that a greater portion of Liberia’s population is youth, the vocational training center was important to the Training Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program in meeting the skills needs of many young Liberians.
The center, Minister Nagbe said, will teach electricity, plumbing, welding, masonry, carpentry, and other skills to prepare Liberians yearning for skills to make them productive in society.
Meanwhile, the MVTC is a part of many projects the Chinese Government has completed and dedicated to the Liberian Government in aid. Others are the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Nimba County and the Fendall campus of the University of Liberia.