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‘I’m Liberian citizen by heart, Indian by Passport’.

Renowned Indian businessman and philanthropist Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva (Mr. Jeety) says he is a Liberian citizen by heart, and an Indian by Passport.

Delivering the keynote address Wednesday, 15 March 2023 during celebration of the 214th birth anniversary of Liberia’s first President Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Mr. Jeety said he has lived in Liberia for more than 30 years, nearly all of his adult life.

“I always say, and I will requote: I am a Liberian citizen by heart, and Indian by passport,” Mr. Jeety said during the program held at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmum Street in Monrovia.

Organized by the J.J. Roberts Educational Foundation, late former President Robert’s 214th birth anniversary was observed under the theme: “Preparing A Generation Of Innovative And Creative Young Minds; A Panacea To Accelerating Future Growth And Development.”

Mr. Jeety said as a father of Liberian children, he has a duty and obligation to speak the truth where it belongs.

He said this is necessary so that the next generation is given the education needed to survive in the rest of the 21st Century.

According to Mr. Jeety, most jobs that have driven rapid economic developments in the past are disappearing and the jobs of the future are becoming more technology-intensive.

As such, Mr. Jeety suggested that preparing a generation of innovative Liberians to accelerate future growth and development requires the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Foundation to invest in digital education initiatives.

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He stated that this is achievable if the Foundation constructs at least one or two digital labs across the fifteen political subdivisions of the country.

The former Indian Honorary Consul General to Liberia explained that the term digital skills refer to the ability to use technology to access, analyze, and communicate information.

He added that this also involves solving problems, creating new ideas, and collaborating with others. 

“These skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s economy, where many jobs require a high level of technological proficiency,” said Mr. Jeety.

He continued that such investment would enable a future generation of Liberians to become innovative in helping address some of the country’s most pressing challenges.

The Jeety Trading Chief Executive Officer believes that the next job-creating discoveries can come from Liberia when the investment in digital education is made. 

“That’s the future every one of you administrators needs to imagine and hope for — while making investing in creating digital labs absolutely important,” he said.

“I wish that the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Foundation can kick start the project in Weala Margibi County. I am ready to provide the computers and internet service in that regard. I look forward to such a proposal,” he stated.

Mr. Jeety noted that the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Foundation should not turn a blind eye to this issue, urging it to pull all resources internally and externally to address the country’s growing digital divide for the future of Liberia.

He said the Foundation cannot afford to continue with the old ways of doing things by just giving scholarships without investing in digital education.

Without digital skills, he warned that more generations of Liberians would be left behind and unable to participate in the digital world which in turn would limit their opportunities for employment and economic growth.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/jeety-offers-45-jobs-to-bwi-grads/

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