The President of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Ophelia Weeks, said the UL Agriculture College is well positioned to help solve Liberia’s food problem.
Dr. Weeks said:” The William Richard Tolbert College of Agriculture and Forestry is producing knowledgeable Stewarts that will find effective and efficient ways to feed the country.”
Dr. Weeks said Liberia is blessed to have all the water and land needed to grow more food and be self-sufficient as well as feed its neighbors.
According to her,Liberia can achieve such goal through massive investment in the training of more agriculturists and foresters.
Dr. Weeks was speaking Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the 99th Commencement Convocation of the William Richard Tolbert College of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Liberia.
Earlier Dr. Ophelia Weeks paid tributes to the Chairman of the UL Board of Trustees, Dr. Dominic Tarpeh, who died Wednesday night.
Also speaking at the program, the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Moses Zinah, stressed the need for more lecturers at the College.
Dr. Zinah said:” Many of the lecturers at the William Richard Tolbert College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University are aging.
He said the college needs new breed of young Lecturers who will help maintain the high academic standards at the College when the older lecturers leave the stage.
He called on young people graduating from the College with honors to avail themselves and be trained to form part of the faculty at the Agriculture College.
In another development, the President of the University of Liberia (UL) Dr.Ophelia Weeks says the recent declaration of free tuition at the University is a win-win situation for all.
Dr. Weeks said:” Over the years, sixty-six percent of the students at the UL have been on financial assistance and many of the scholarship donors are most often indebted to the University.”
She, however, said the intervention by the Liberian Government to cover tuition cost and also provide subsidy to the University has brought great relief to the UL Administration.
Dr. Weeks also called on the government to continue its support to the state-run University, adding that the UL needs all the assistance to operate smoothly.
She commended the visitor to the University of Liberia, President George Manneh Weah, for strongly supporting the University Digital registration process.
The UL President spoke Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Commencement Convocation of the UL Graduate and Professional Schools in Fendell.
Wednesday’s Graduation climaxed the 99th Graduation and Convocation exercises of the UL, which started on Monday, December 3, 2018.