The Administration of the United Methodist University (UMU) has commended the management of the Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC) for an US$88,000 check the company recently presented to the university in support of its Agriculture College.
In a formal letter of appreciation to the company under the signature of UMU’s Interim president, Johnson Gwaikolo, the Administration said: “We express our thanks and appreciation to you and the entire management of the CRC for the kind gesture rendered the UMU, especially the Agriculture College.”
Mr. Gwaikolo said the company’s contribution exemplifies the goodness and integrity of CRC’s management to the students, adding, “Your contribution will help boost student enrollment to the Agriculture College.”
The CRC check was presented to the UMU Administration on behalf of the company by Cllr. John Saah Nyumah, Government Affairs Consultant and In-House Legal Counselor. He said the money is aligned with the company’s corporate social responsibility to the UMU, especially to the students at the Agriculture College.
Cllr. Nyumah explained that the amount represents a retroactive payment covering the period of four years of annual payments based on a provision of the Concession Agreement signed by the company.
“The Agreement requires the CRC to provide an amount of US$20,000 on an annual basis to the UMU’s Agriculture College in Sinoe County for scholarships, educational and financial support for the students,” added Cllr. Nyumah.
He said in order to implement “our corporate social responsibility initiatives, the company meticulously follow (ed) the basic principles which include fostering a sustainable environment, preserving public welfare and enhancing full disclosure of corporate social responsibility information, which we have demonstrated here today.”
Cllr. Nyuman said the contribution is a clear manifestation of the CRC’s commitment to fulfill its corporate social responsibility in keeping with the concession agreement, adding, “It is our hope that the contribution will be used for the intended purpose (and) that the students will take advantage of the opportunity to further their education.”
The Bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and Chairman of the Board of Directors of UMU, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, who received the check on behalf of the UMU Administration, commended the company for the gesture and assured that the funds will be used to enhance educational opportunities for students pursuing degrees in agriculture to enhance food security in the country.
Bishop Innis ended by reiterating the commitment of the Methodist Church in providing quality education and training future leaders through its many academic disciplines.