Liberians are making progress

…says Min. McGill

MONROVIA-The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nathaniel F. McGill McGill has told students in Gbarnga that Liberians are making progress despite the  CODIV pandemic crisis.

He made the statement last week when he served as guest speaker for the graduating class of Dolokelen Gboveh High School, Bong County.

“We are making progress today in all areas of our national life. More children are in school today than at any time in our history. We have more students in tertiary education, in colleges and universities than at any time in our history. We have more professional schools dotting the landscape of Liberia than any time in our history. We have more roads built today than at any time in our history. More hospitals. We have millions of our citizens informed by technology, on social media, and on platforms that provide knowledge and insight on every imaginable subject. We are a more informed population with dozens of radio stations, newspapers and social media platforms. We respect freedom of speech and expression. We have no political prisoners. Liberia is indeed making progress under the dynamic leadership of President, Dr. George Manneh Weah, he said.

But was quick to say, “despite the progress, we are making, we still have serious challenges ahead of us. We need to do more to feed ourselves instead of depending upon food imports. We need to do more to improve educational standards in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That is why we are here today, to encourage you to continue this journey to improve yourselves so you can be part of the nation-building process. We need more farmers; more teachers; more scientists; more doctors; more plumbers; electricians, bricklayers, masons,  more of every profession;  information technology;  yes, we need every profession.”

He told them to be patriotic   and obedient.  “Listen to your people. Be sensitive to their needs. Heal divisions. Be constantly aware of the needs of your people. Put yourself in the shoes of people. Do not be quick to judge others. You do not know their circumstances. You do not know what your classmates are going through? You do not know their home condition? Use kind words to persuade people to see your point of view. Conceive good ideas. Have foresight to understand the circumstances of people you disagree with. Lead your people. Be always committed to the growth of people.”

He urged the graduating class to do all in their power to ensure that they become professional. He assured government’s support for  them. “For our part, this government will support you in whatever endeavor you want to pursue. We will be there to support all of your efforts.

Therefore,  I entreat you to walk out of these halls with pride recognizing that you have earned yourself the first achievement in your drive to be a responsible and patriotic leader in this our country, Liberia.”

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