The College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia (UL) will need US$20,000 for its relocation to ensure its smooth operation.
The College of Agriculture and Forestry presently hosts students at the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf College of Engineering, located at the Fendall Campus, outside Monrovia.
In a recent interview with the Acting Dean of the College, Prof. Leroy W. Cegbe, he said the money, if available, could help renovate and expand the old building, which was damaged during the civil-war.
“Once we get the money to carry out the expansion and provide electricity and running water, it would become a comfortable environment for the students,” he said.
Prof. Cegbe said presently, “We are hosting classes at the Engineering College and we are moving our offices to the old building, which is very small, but we have to make use of it until we have some help.”
He called on Liberians, particularly graduates, to join the administration to secure funds to expand the college so it can take care of the needs of students.
Prof. Cegbe noted that the College provides vegetables to marketers and the University of Liberia family; and when expanded, students would have the opportunity to work on the farm for their practical experience.
He used the occasion to call on local and international partners, and the Liberian government, to assist the college.
The College of Agriculture & Forestry has the largest enrolment due to the emphasis on Liberia’s ability to feed itself.
“I think the government and partners, both local and international, should take this issue with some seriousness because this college has the capacity to graduate young farmers with the knowledge to help Liberia win the war against hunger,” a student said.