As of 2019, students of the College of Agriculture and Food Science, and the College of Engineering and Technology of the William V. S. Tubman University, are expected to begin learning the arts of Renewal Energy in Agriculture through the dependable supply of biomass for bio-briquette production to replace tree charcoal as energy source for household and commercial consumption.
It is expected to help protect the environment, combat the effects of global warming and would be one of the choices of the country’s energy future.
Green Gold-Liberia, a sustainable, ecologically friendly fuel source company, and the William V. S. Tubman University formally signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of partnership on Friday, October 19, 2018, at a press conference in the Capitol Building.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Maryland County District #1 Representative P. Mike Jurry, and Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris.
Morris Dougba, Gold Green-Liberia sales and marketing manager, and the Tubman University President Dr. Elliot Wreh-Wilson, signed the MoU for their respective entities.
Mr. Dougba said the partnership is intended to provide practical education to the students to be able to establish a sustainable, economically friendly fuel source by utilizing biomass items, such as corn cobs, sugarcane, peanut shells, coconut husk, rice husk and waste by-products from beer refinery and palm oil industry to make bio-briquettes.
Besides the passing of knowledge through the Tubman University to the students, Dougba said there will also be logistical and financial benefits to improve the university and its economic situation in the district and the county at-large.
He further said their goal is to protect the environment by considerably reducing the excessive use of charcoal and firewood.
Dr. Wilson said the partnership offers an opportunity for knowledge, self-reliance and the future of the university and the students.
“We embrace the idea of the partnership because it will greatly help the University and the students especially through the knowledge and the teaching,” Dr. Wilson said.
Rep. Jurry expressed confidence in the partnership and said though Maryland County is the farthest and stands at a disadvantaged point, he will continuously strive to bring development to the district and the county at large.
“I am moved by the brilliance of my like-minded colleague (Jurry) to seek the interest of his people,” said Rep. Morris.
According to reliable sources, the students will learn how to produce affordable charcoal from cassava peels, coconut and rice dust as well as other biodegradables, which will have longer burning time, cheaper, faster cooking and are eco-friendly.