“It’s better to build youths for the future, rather than build the future for the youths.”
Therefore, the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology believes in the Chinese philosophy that says ” If you plan for a hundred years you educate children”… EBKUST as an institution has ensured that students who can’t afford to pay fees be provided with the opportunity to do so by empowering youths for service; which was the theme of its Maiden Students Holiday Job Scheme launched on the 23rd August 2019 at the University Secretariat Magburaka.
This auspicuous occasion was well attended by dignitaries from all walks of life including: the Honorable Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education Dr. Turad Senesie who represented the Honorable Minister of Technical and Higher Education Prof . Aiah .A. Gbakima, the Pro Chancellor Dr. Brima Kargbo, the Honorable Minister of Youth Affairs Mohamed Orman Bangura, the Paramount Chief of Kholifa Rowala Chiefdom Alhaji Masakma Kanamaka III, the Branch Manager Union Trust Bank Mrs. Kamara among others.
In his welcome statement, the Vice Chancellor and Principal Rev. Prof. Edwin J.J. Momoh re-echoed a statement by his late father: “I’ll rather build you for the future than build the future for you.” Underscoring the University’s commitment to assist students and their families by providing on-campus job opportunities, so that they can earn money to pay their fees. Prof. Momoh stated that out of the 285 students who applied 211 students were opportuned to benefits from the scheme. The sum of Le 600,000 shall be paid to each student as wage per month for a period of two months into their individual Union Trust Bank accounts (UTB) created by the institution. Additionally, a sum of Le 200,000 per month shall be paid as sustainance allowances for their daily up keep. In total, the sum of four hundred and eighteen million leones (Le 418,000,000) was budgetted for this project.
The key note speaker Honorable Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education Dr. Turad Senessie commended the leadership for this laudable venture which he said was a novelty, which other institutions of higher learning must emulate. According to him, the theme of the program: “Empowering Youth through Service” was timely, more especially when the government is poised to introduce a student loan scheme at tertiary level.
The Honorable Minister of Youth Affairs Mohamed Orman Bangura expressed his thanks and admiration for this novelty. He affirmed that Prof. Momoh raised the funds for the scheme as a result of accountability, and transparency.
The occasion was climaxed by a motivational speech from a renown motivational speaker Mr. Joe Abass Bangura who shared his life experience; how he was able to overcome those challenges to achieve success later in life. Stating that there was hope for the future, and that in order to succeed, the following should be considered:
Getting the belief system activated, taking responsibility for the present situation, making effort to learn something that will add meaning to one’s life.
The Pro Chancellor of the University, Dr. Brima Kargbo officially launched the scheme and thanked the administration for such an exemplary innovation.
At the end of the ceremony, students received their appointment letters, followed by the distribution of Bank ID Cards. Representatives from the beneficiaries of the scheme thanked all and sundry, and encouraged colleagues uphold the values for which the scheme was initiated.
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