President George Manneh Weah is encouraging Liberian youth to venture into technical fields, particularly the sciences such as engineering, biology and other agriculture. He said this will reduce Liberia’s dependence on external experts and boost the country’s drive towards achieving the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
The President said amid changing times occasioned by technological advancement, Liberian youth will meaningfully contribute to the country’s urgent development needs if they took interest in the sciences.
Speaking at the Free Port of Monrovia Wednesday, October 31, 2018, the President emphasized the need for more engineers and medical doctors as his government hasten the country’s efforts towards broad-based and pro-poor development.
“Our dream is to see the best for Liberia by making more medical doctors, engineers and more professionals to make meaningful contributions to Liberia’s growth,” the Liberian leader said, adding: “Therefore, please let us encourage your children to advantage of the free tuition just declared at the University of Liberia and other public collages under the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.”
Liberia needs the best brains in every sector of service therefore, President Weah emphasized, stressing, “We need to ask our children to take the lead in making our country maintain its status as the oldest nation in Africa.”
President Weah acknowledged Liberia’s old-age problem, such as lack of affordable tuition for schools and universities which incapacitated countless Liberian children to access quality education.
According to him, government’s decision to declare tuition free for undergraduate education at the University of Liberia and other public universities and colleges is set the basis for students to gain quality education in the country with financial strains which had prevented so many children from earning a first degree.
“Those who are trying to make unhelpful political statements must desist and bring on board those suggestions that can help change the condition of our people,” President Weah further said. “This government is passionately committed to improving the lives of the people of Liberia.”
The President said his government was open to accepting suggestions from everyone, including those in the opposition, towards fighting poverty and decease and achieving the goal of economic empowerment and national development that benefits every citizen.President Weah also made a brief stopover at the offices of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation, LPRC, where he also toured entire facilities there.