By Jerry Kai-Lewis
The Union of Nimba University and College Students Association (UNUCSA) over the weekend launched its first modern Library construction project at the St. Clement University College campus at ELWA junction in Paynesville.
Launched under the theme “Building Nimba’s Future through Education,” according to UNUCSA president Princeton B. Lofon, the projected cost of the library, which will be built in Ganta, is estimated at US$50K.
Lofon said the association decided on the project to help buttress the efforts of the Government of Liberia and Nimba County to raise the standard of education in the county.
“As representatives of Nimba County who came to Monrovia and other cities for higher education, we see it fit to embark on the construction of this library as a legacy project to empower Liberians living in Nimba,” he said.
Lofon said high schools in Ganta don’t have libraries and the construction of a modern library will help students with research and other needs to further their education. He said the library will have the standard books, an IT section and e-library to give students wider access to information.
Serving as a proxy for her father, Harriet Karnwea said the Liberty Party vice standard bearer believes that the project is a bold step that should be encouraged. Making a pledge of L$50,000, Karnwea said “the project is a very good start and together we will work towards it.”
Speaking on behalf of his brother George L. Gontor, Jr., who is a senior geologist at NOCAL, Bill L. Gontor, the director of material and soil testing at the Ministry of Public Works, said the construction of the library is a legacy project that should be supported. Making an initial pledge of L$10,000, he said more will come based on the progress of the building project.
Although the majority of the invited guests on the very ambitious list of invitees, including standard bearers of political parties, government ministers, Chief Justice, Associate Justices and Nimba notables, did not show up, most of them sent word that they will sponsor the project.
Officially launching the project, Simeon Kidka, former president of the Nimba student scholarship fund and UPP stalwart, said damage control is better than damage prevention. He said the scholarship fund receives calls from students who can’t register at schools “because there is no money.” He advised the students to take their case to the county authorities who are responsible for paying their fees. He said leaders should prevent the issue of lack of school fees for students instead of controlling it, which is costly.
“Life is a continuous decision making process, and every decision has costs and benefits. Education gives us the will power to make meaningful decisions to solve problems,” he said.
Speaking further on decisions, Kidka said the country is at a critical decision making period when Liberians will decide on who will lead them for the next six years. He pleaded with the students not to support the Congo-Native divisive politics that is currently being preached and asked that they decide on the country’s future leadership based on merit.
Buttressing Kidka’s call, son of Nimba and Montserrado County District #6 representative aspirant Martin S. Kollah said the Congo-Native divide is a “lazy, weak and evil excuse” by people seeking political relevance.
He said Liberia is being run by natives, citing the vice president, chief justice, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Pro-Temp, and the majority of members of both houses of the Legislature, and as such the Congo-Native rhetoric has no substance in current day Liberia. Kollah made an initial pledge of L$10,000.
Those wishing to help the pan university/college association – UNUCSA, achieve its aims can call the following numbers 0776 965 311, 0886 383 516, 0778 034 148, and 0770 764 871.