JIU Sponsored Students at Cuttington Honor V.P Boakai

Thursday, 19th June 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - NCDDRR/UNDP sponsored students (ex-combatants) at the Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Bong County have honored Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in recognition of “immense and insurmountable” contributions to the human resource development of Liberian youth.

Receiving the certificate of honor, Vice President Boakai said the Unity Party-led  government remains committed to ensuring that the future of Liberian youth becomes better than their past, despite continuing criticisms.

He challenged youths never to look down upon themselves, saying, “do not look at where you are coming from, look at the future and where you are headed for.”

Vice President Boakai also encouraged the ex-combatants not to feel threatened because of their past deeds, but to continue to set high standards for themselves because he noted, the older generation depend on the youth to take the nation to the next level.

Presenting the certificate of honor to Vice President Boakai at his Capitol Building office Wednesday evening,  Alex Flomo, President of the Joint Implementation Unit (JIU) sponsored students at CUC observed that Vice President Boakai stood for and spoke on their behalf to ensure that they continued their education.

Mr. Flomo used the occasion to call on Liberians to be custodians of their own peace, noting that the peace keepers will not be here forever.

He thanked the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led Government for prioritizing the rule of law, and pledged to work with the government is preserving the peace. “We will never allow ourselves to be used again. Rather, we will expose any subversive activity that we know of,” Flomo added.

He disclosed that Ex-combatants at Cuttington University will shortly launch a campaign against rape and sexual exploitation, adding , “ We are also raising the issue of Changing Minds and Changing attitudes.”

An estimated 350 ex-combatants are pursuing various academic disciplines at the Cuttington University College under the sponsorship of the NCDDRR and UNDP.
50 of these students are expected to graduate this year.