Lonestar Cell MTN in collaboration with university students in Liberia has launched a Leadership Integrity Relationship Innovation Club (LIRIC) called ‘Can Do’ in various universities here.
The program is aimed at improving the thoughts and attitudes of college students to exhibit right behaviors and characters. The Can-Do club was launched over the weekend at the Monrovia City Hall.
Keynote Speaker, Deputy Finance Minister for Revenue, James Kollie, said no matter what circumstances life brings, students should create and believe in themselves that they can excel in life by making right choices.
Deputy Minister Kollie challenged the students to develop the right attitude and dream big if they aspire to make positive impact in society, saying ”Go to school and forget the distractions.” He called on the students to avoid bad associates and take their eyes from the obstacles of life and seek opportunities that would positively impact their lives.
Dr. Kollie encouraged students to not allow other people’s abilities to over shadow their (students) dreams, urging them to encourage themselves that they can do it.
In remarks, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lonestar Cell MTN, Tebogo Mogapi, said the greatest wealth and strength of any nation is built around its young people. He disclosed that the quality of youth helps to determine the kind of future that lies ahead of a nation.
The Lonestar Cell MTN CEO noted, if the energies of Liberia’s youth can be channeled toward self-development and an attitude of zeal, enthusiasm and a desire to build the right moral values, the country will rise to an untold height.
“If we must ensure a bright future for the country, we first need to strengthen and empower the youth of Liberia”, he stressed.
He disclosed that the launch of the club within various universities creates a renewed consciousness of self-believability and trust in the company, adding that they stand ready to work with government to lift Liberia and Liberians to a new height.
Mr. Mogapi said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has demonstrated a ‘Can-Do’ spirit by the introduction of the LIFT LIBERIA program. He said his company is prepared to work with the President and the Liberian people in her Can-Do spirit that she has started through the LIFT LIBERIA and Vision 2030 endeavors.
He challenged members of the Lonestar Cell MTN Can-Do clubs to aspire to greatness and uphold integrity, and strive for academic excellence through quality leadership skills which the LIRIC is trying to seek.
Over 500 students from seven different universities here gathered over the weekend at the launch of the Lonestar MTN Can-Do Club. It leaders are from those universities that are institutional members.
The University of Liberia, African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU), Stella Marias University, Cuttington University, and the United Methodist University, among others are some of the institutions of higher learning in which the club has been established.
Students from either of those institutions are required to be active Lonestar Cell MYN subscribers as precondition to being a part of the club. Students are also obliged to apply through their Can-Do officials in the various universities.