Tuesday, September 02, 2014 11:41
Adventist University Breaks Ground For New Edifice
Story by Morrison O.G. Sayon
In an effort to promote the educational sector of the country following years of conflicts, the Adventist University of West Africa has broken ground for the construction of a university complex in Gbeh Town, Margibi County.
The ground breaking ceremony was attended by professors from other AUWA universities in the south-region and other parts of the world who contributed significantly to the construction of the Adventist University in Liberia.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Dr. Shelton Beedoe, Acting President of the Adventist University of West Africa said the Adventist University will bring a new dynamism in the educational sector of Liberia and that the university will make a difference amongst other universities in the country.
Dr. Beedoe said the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new university is intended to provide new infrastructures so as to create a favorable learning environment to Liberian students especially those wishing to attend the Adventist University in Liberia.
Dr. Beedoe noted that the new campus of the university is meant to enable AUWA measures arm with other universities in Africa and beyond and called on Liberian students to utilize the advantage by attending the AUWA.
For his part, the President of the Babcock University in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, Prof. Dr. J.A. Kayode said the Seventh Day Adventist Church has about 18 universities in Africa. Dr. Kayode said AUWA needs to grow so as to meet the educational needs of Africa to reduce the illiteracy rate and reduce the poverty rate around the continent.
He said Africa cannot progress without education and as such, Africans must mobilize their resources to ensure that they control their own destiny and stop looking up to the West for everything. At the same time, officials of Babcock University in Nigeria called on the Ministry of Public Works to help construct the road leading to the university site as they construct the university complex in the area.
At the ground breaking ceremony, the Colombia Union of Seventh Day Adventist of the United States of America presented a check of US$50,000 for the construction of the university in Liberia.
Meanwhile, to the disbelief of personalities who attended the ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, officials of the Ministry of Education including the head of the Commission of Higher Education in Liberia failed to attend the education-related ceremony.
Many expressed disappointment in the absence of officials of the Education Ministry saying that even if other government institutions abandoned the program it should not have been the Ministry of Education because the program was mainly intended for the promotion of the educational sector of the country, something which the Ministry is supposed to prioritize.