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AUC Contributes US$50k To Bassa Community College
BUCHANAN, January 30 (LINA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has contributed US$50,000 to procure furniture and office equipment for the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) near Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Head of Mission at the AU Liaison Office in Liberia, Mr. Prosper Addo, made the disclosure at the launch of the project at the college’s Paynesberry campus on the outskirts of the port city, Buchanan at the weekend.
A few days earlier, on the margins of the 28th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, on behalf of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this contribution to the GBCC.
This was within the framework of the AU Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Policy (PCRD) and African Solidarity Initiative (ASI).
The MoU established the terms and conditions under which the Commission and the Liberian Government will cooperate in implementing the project.
AU Official in Liberia, Addo, hoped that students will benefit from the gesture and prepare themselves for the future.
He, however, encouraged the students to make good use of the knowledge the contribution will help them acquire, especially towards the preservation and consolidation of the peace and stability of the country as well as promote development.
Addo reflected on the special request made by former President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Mr. Gbezongar Findley to his office a few years back that resulted into the AU Commission’s contribution to the college.
He commended Foreign Minister Kamara for her proactive approach to issues and the support she always gives the AU Commission.
He highlighted a number of peace strengthening projects supported by the AU Commission, including a primary school in Todee District, Montserrado County; renovation of the maternity ward of the Soniwen Clinic; renovation of the Paynesville Community High School; as well as provided US$50,000 for development cooperatives in four counties, including Grand Bassa County.
The interim president of the GBCC, Ms. Augurie E. Herring, for her part, termed the AUC’s contribution to the college as “significant and timely” considering the need for an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) lab at the school.
She praised the efforts of her predecessor, Dr. Levi Zangar, who initiated the discussion that is now being realized.
The acting deputy minister for international cooperation and economic integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Munyeneh, on behalf of acting foreign Minister, Mr. B. Elias Shoniyin, said the need to strengthen the country’s education sector cannot be over-emphasized.
He reminded students that the only passage to success in life is through education and hoped that the gift from the AUC will be used for the intended purpose.
Mr. Munyeneh, promised to engage other institutions across the globe to assist the GBCC.
Grand Bassa County Superintendent, Mr. Levi Demeh, noted that the primary focus of the GBCC is capacity building, but also demand driven are students who will readily be absorbed upon graduation.
Mr. Demeh, also acting chair of the GBCC Board of Trustees, stressed that at their level, they took a decision to ensure that career choices - nursing and ICT - be incorporated in the college curriculum.
Items to be procured include desktop and laptop computers, photocopiers, printers/scanners, computer desks, projectors, projector screens, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), among others.