The newly appointed President of the William V.S. Tubman University in Maryland County has ended a day-long visit to the Management of Golden Veroleum Liberia or GVL in Grand Kru County, southeast Liberia, asking for assistance for the university.
Dr. Elliott Wreh Wilson, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was appointed by the university visitor President George Weah recently to take over from Dr. Edward Lama Wonkeryor and steer the affairs of the government’s second university.
In a meeting with the company’s Regional Comptroller Mr. Sethupathy Ponniah, and other top officials of GVL in Sorroken City, Grand Kru County, Dr. Wreh-Wilson thanks the management for the level of support being provided for students in the Agriculture College at Tubman University.
He says the company’s scholarship is essential for the would-be agriculturalists, noting that without GVL scholarship, a good number of TU students would be put out of school, as many cannot afford to pay tuitions on their own at the university.
He stresses that TU needs additional classrooms, chairs, teachers to cover the student populace as more students are expected to enroll thru its access to college program, including upcoming placement test.
As part of request for GVL intervention, Dr. Wilson forwards two proposals to the GVL Management for its review and support.
He says contained in the proposals are construction for a multipurpose building, early childhood development program, and annex for the College of Education, respectively.
He further thanks GVL for the opportunities they are providing for people in the Southeastern region.
Dr. Wilson notes that without the presence of GVL, the entire region would remain dead, but its presence there has encouraged more southeasterners to stay in the region and acquire university education with opportunities to work and go to school.
“I am appealing to your management to please smile a bit more on Tubman University”, he pleads with the GVL Management.
Meanwhile, Regional Comptroller Sethupathy Ponniah welcomes the visit by the TU President, describing it as the first of its kind since the company started operations in the region in 2010.
He applauds Dr. Wreh-Wilson for the impact the University is making with the limited resources provided by government, and discloses that GVL in Grand Kru recently employed 25 TU graduates based on the partnership between the two institution.
On the request made by Dr. Wilson, Mr. Ponniah says as part of their Social Corporate Responsibilities, GVL is bound to help the people in that region every way possible whenever the need arises.
He says while it is true that there are challenges, he would stress the importance of the university’s request to the managing team, and get back to the President in the soonest possible time.
According to Mr. Ponniah, Liberia is what Malaysia was like 60-70 years ago, and the West African country could be like Malaysia today, if her citizens are united and paying more attention to the soil.
By George K. Momo/ Grand Kru-Editing by Jonathan Browne