The Director for Finance at the Central Bank of Liberia or CBL, Mr. Dorbor M. Hagba, is cautioning young people especially, university students to prioritize their education sojourn if they must succeed.
“I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to you members of the Students Movement to Promote Accountability and Transparency for award giving me, but I will want to encourage you to pay more attention to education, because myself, I was a student like you”, says Mr. Hagba.
The CBL Finance Director spoke Thursday, 25 January in his office at the Central Bank of Liberia when students from various universities certificated him as “Liberia’s Most Outstanding Personality of the Year” for his tremendous efforts to supporting student’s activities, and the country at large.
“The award came as a big surprise to me that they have given me a renewed sense of commitment to continue doing what I am involved in, I do not expect anything in return from these students, this award makes me feels happy; it means I am making a huge impact in the society”, he says.
According to him, for a group of students, whom he doesn’t know from anywhere to honor him, speaks volume to his contribution to young people in the society, saying, I am glad that people’r wacthing my little contribution that we make to share from the little things that we earn.
Mr. Hagba recalls those days when he had to walk three miles in Lofa County just to go to school noting, with this I am aware of the struggle that students go through just to acquire education, some don’t have parents, it is against this backdrop that my passion has led me to assit young people in the society.
He applauds the students for their thought in recognizing his efforts, but encouraged them to continue to award people of like mines not on the basis of expecting money, but for services they have rendered to needy.
For his part, the spokesman for the group Sensee Kiadi, says their decision to award Mr. Hagba is based on his tireless support to the youth, and student movements over the years.
He explains the group is a conglomeration of students from various universities including, University of Liberia, African Methodists Episcopal University, United Methodist University, African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, and Cuttington University in Bong County, among others who though it wise to recognize the tremendous efforts of the honoree over the years.
“We have been following Mr. Hagba for a long time, and his track record of supporting youth and student organizations led us to honor him by giving his flowers while he’s alive, and we the students want to inform you we hold you in a very high esteem”, says Student Kiadi.
Meanwhile, presenting the certificate to Mr. Hagba, a member of the group, Mark Chea remarks, “We award you for your dedicated service in the financial sector, which has contributed toward the growth and development of the country.”
Chea notes that the honoree’s services over the years have positively affected the livelihood of many Liberians across the country, so it is worth commending him.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne