President Sirleaf Urges Albany University Students to Serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for Liberia

Thursday, 28th June 2007
Visiting students and President Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Visiting students and President Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged visiting University students from the United States to serve as good-will ambassadors for Liberia upon their return to the United States. Speaking on Thursday at her Foreign Ministry office, the President spoke of the support government continues to receive from the government of the United States and other key officials including President Bush, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress. The President urged the students to advocate for Liberia by dropping their leaders a line to thank them for the support.

The President thanked the students for the visit, which she hoped will open more avenues for collaboration between Liberian Institutions and Albany. The Liberian leader spoke of the challenges government faces in responding to the educational needs of the youth. “The contacts you establish now will go a long way in letting them know that people care about them, not only in Liberia but outside of the country, as well,” the President admonished the students.

The students, who are touring a number of African countries, spoke highly of the hospitality they have received since their arrival in the Liberia. They assured the President that their visit will not be the last.

The Head of the delegation, Dr. Shirley Jones, said her institution is working on a collaborative partnership between Albany and other higher institutions of learning in Liberia for assistance.
Dr. Jones praised the President for serving as a role model and an inspiration for women throughout the world.

The students, most of whom are specializing in social work, leave the country tomorrow for Senegal, in continuation of their African tour.

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