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Monrovia, Liberia – The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, Tuesday, June 21, 2022 welcomed a United Arab Emirates (UAE) government delegation to Liberia and praised the people of that gulf state as being amongst Liberia’s true development partners.
Meeting the two-man technical assessment team at the Executive Mansion, President Weah heaped praises on the people and government of UAE for always responding to Liberia's development needs quickly and substantively.
He extended his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his able leadership and desire to see Liberia achieve its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
The Team, comprising Abdula Ibraheem Mohamed Ahmed Alhamnadi and Mohamed Khalfan Ahmed Khalfan Al-Ali, thanked the Liberian Leader for the warm reception accorded them since their arrival into the country.
The delegation said they were sent to Liberia by their President in fulfillment of his promise to cooperate with President Weah through constructive partnership for the benefit of both country’s development.
While in the country, the team will conduct an assessment for the possibilities of rice production and development/expansion of the Free Port and other ports in Liberia.
In May 2022, the Liberian Chief Executive and the President of the Gulf State met at the Qasr Al Shati Palace in Dubai where they pledged mutual commitments of hindered cooperation between the two countries.
Tuesday's meeting was also attended by the Minister State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill; Minister of State Without Portfolio, Hon. Trokon Kpui, Minister of Agriculture, Jeanine Cooper, and National Port Authority Managing Director Dr. Bill Twehway.
Buchanan, Grand Bassa County - This year’s graduation ceremonies in the country have given the President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, many speaking assignments, the most recent being at the Grand Bassa University College (GBUC).
The Liberian Leader, in the last few weeks, was Chief Orator at the graduation ceremonies of the Adventist University of West Africa, and the African Methodist Episcopal University, amongst others.
Making special remarks at the GBUC’s 6th Convocation ceremonies Friday, June 17, 2022, at which time First Lady Clar Marie Weah was the keynote speaker, President Weah congratulated the graduates for what he termed 'milestone achievement,' and urged them to pursue excellence and develop the sense of self-confidence.
He warned graduates that obtaining the first degree was just the beginning of a long road ahead of them, particularly when they are desirous of pursuing Master/PHD levels education.
“This is the first step,” the President told them. “It is left with you to continue or stop here, but I want to encourage you to press for excellence no matter what happens along the way.”
“Now that you have obtained your degrees, you have to step forward for your own wellbeing,” he continued. “There are a lot of jobs. Go forth and seek job opportunities."
He encouraged the graduates to always keep themselves in the mood of happiness because it is key in overcoming foreseeable and unforeseeable circumstances. He urged them also to be committed and resilient because there is always a way to circumvent any obstacle.
Recalling his administration’s declaration of free tuition in public universities and colleges, including the GBUC, President Weah informed the gathering that the opportunity that the current breed of graduates have to receive external assistance in clearing financial obligations did not exist for others in the past.
He pledged the Government's continued support to the educational sector in order to provide opportunities for those who do not have opportunities of going to school to do so in order to become productive citizens.
President Weah advised the graduates to believe in themselves and not be carried away by what is said about them, or how others define them.
The President also called on the graduates to put to practice what they acquired, conduct themselves appropriately in ways that are representative of the college education achieved.
He, as his custom has been in recent years, defrayed the GBUC graduates’ graduation fees.
Over two hundred students received degrees in various fields of discipline, including agriculture, education, nursing, business administration, accounting, among others.
The Wife of President Weah, First Lady Clar Marie Weah, served as the Commencement Speaker of the 6th Commencement Convocation of the Grand Bassa University College.
It was established during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a community college but upgraded to full university status under President Weah’s tenure.
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