The Vice President of the Republic Sierra Leone has urged graduates of the Cuttington University to make a difference as they walk into the larger society.
Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh, said governments being the largest employers in developing countries, graduates leaving universities should be innovative in making themselves self-reliant as government does not have the capacity to employ all of them, but they could become self-employ through innovative approaches.
He told the graduates that creativities will enable them to gain respect of their colleagues and fellow citizens. Vice President Foh spoke Saturday, 26 September at the 54th graduation exercise of the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.
Over 600 students graduated from the Graduate, Undergraduate and junior colleges of the university with degrees in various disciplines. The Sierra Leonean Vice President, who delivered the commencement oration, praised the administration of Cuttington University for specifically introducing courses such as Peace Studies and Service Learning, which according to him, will instill in people a spirit of nationalism, describing it as an innovation in the curriculum.
Vice PresidentFoh also praised efforts of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in cementing Liberia-Sierra Leone relationship. He said with Liberians and Sierra Leoneans working for the development of their respective countries after going through horrendous experiences, President Sirleafhas worked for the maintenance of good friendship between the two nations and peoples.
During the ceremony, the administration of Cuttington conferred on Vice President Victor BockarieFohan honorary Doctorate degree. The 54th graduation closes the chapter of Dr. Henrique Tokpa as President of Cuttington.
Dr. Tokpa, who resigned the post few months ago after 25 years of service, continues to receive commendations for his excellent leadership that saw massive improvement at the university. He is heavily being credited for the establishment of the Master’s Program, and Junior College as well as staff capacity building, among others.
It was also under his administration that Cuttington University won the Exams Ethics Marshall Award as the best university in Liberia. The 54th graduation exercise was also attended by the Vice President of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph Boikai, and other high-profile officials of both governments. –By Papa Morris from Bong