President George Manneh Weah has urged members of the University of Liberia (UL’s) centennial graduating to sustain the peace for the growth of the country, cautioning them to come into the world not as job seekers, but as job creators.
“Congratulations my dear friends, sisters and brothers. May sustain the peace so we gain the growth of this noble land,” he said Wednesday, 11 December at UL’s centennial convocation held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
“You must deploy these skills as entrepreneurs, and innovators. For you, members of this special graduating class, you must not depend on a job market, that in practical terms can never absorb all of you,” he says.
The University put out 3671 students from undergraduate, graduate and professional schools at a single event Wednesday, the largest so far in its history.President Weah’s caution to the graduates comes at a time jobs are scare in the country, while those that are employed also face challenges in getting their pay, mainly in the public sector.
President Weah urges that graduates to seek to create opportunities in the space of their chosen specializations, to carve out a niche for themselves where they can not only become self-employed, but eventually create employment for others.
“We look forward to feeling the positive impact you are going to make in our Nation and in the world at large, in the very near future,” he continues.Meanwhile, President Weah has pledged his fullest support to the University for its growth and success, noting that his administration will continue to invest in quality education for sustainable national development.
“For as long as I am the Visitor to the University of Liberia, and President of Liberia, I pledge my fullest support, and that of my Government, to the growth and success of this Institution,” President Weah says.
Addressing the President of the University Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson, President Weah indicates that the challenge of he and his faculty and staff to endeavor to continue to provide quality higher education that will be relevant to the specific requirements of the national economy, and yet produce globally competitive graduates that have the capacity to cope with the challenges of the modern world. By Winston W. Parley