“I have fallen in love with Alex Cummings,” Senator Taylor shouted Wednesday during programs marking the dedication of the Alexander B. Cummings Computer Lab and a fundraising event at the St. Clements University in Paynesville.
The Bong County senator told the throng of St. Clements students, staff and well wishers who had graced the occasion that her admiration of Mr. Cummings was reinforced simply because, unlike most politicians, the ANC political leader, whenever he had an opportunity to address an audience, would only speak about what can be done to move the country forward, instead of spewing invectives and negative statements about others and the country.
“When you hear about Hon. Cummings speak throughout the length and breadth of Liberia he does not talk about the negatives; he is not talking about why he thinks he is better than anybody or why somebody should be given the chance. He sends a simple message about togetherness; about each of us doing our part for Liberia to be great again,” Senator Taylor stated.
A board member of the St. Clements University Board, Senator Taylor believes Cummings is genuine in his humanitarian gestures; a man who doesn’t go out seeking avenues to showcase his benevolence but is always willing to help when called upon.
“And so I want to take this time today to say a special thank you to someone who deserves praise. He has been doing these things even before we could come to this program. It’s not like he was looking for praises. I just sat down one day and thought about it and said: let me look for Hon. Cummings and see if he could help. He is not looking for political glory when he helps others,” Senator Taylor declared.
Amidst thunderous applause, the Bong County senator disclosed that it was Cummings who came to the rescue when St. Clements was about to be shut down due to difficulties in meeting their rental obligations.
“The rent had not been paid,” she said, “so they were about to close the school. When we knocked on his door, Hon. Alex Cummings never hesitated. He provided the money to pay the rent. And so, we have a new opportunity that provides a trench to continue what is happening here. I know once we have the faith this University will be one of our nation’s best.”
Senator Taylor said she also remains beholden to the ANC political leader because when she called on him and complained about the need for a computer lab, Mr. Cummings didn’t scratch his head but immediately oversaw construction of a modern computer lab, through the Cummings Africa Foundation, to benefit the students and faculty of St. Clements University.
During the fundraiser, Senator Taylor acknowledged the invaluable financial contributions of Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company, Club Breweries and Connex, among others, towards the “Operation Save St. Clements” fund drive. She promised to keep knocking on the doors of the business, petroleum, telecommunication and banking sectors to ensure the young people of St. Clements remain significant contributors to the development process.
For his part, the ANC political leader admonished the students of St. Clements University to make maximum use of their education, as he did when the same opportunity was availed to him as a youth. “I gained a greater part of my education right here in Liberia. If I can make use of my education to become successful today, you can be even better. But the change must begin with you,” Cummings told the St. Clements students.
Located in Paynesville city, the St. Clements University is the only tertiary institution providing training in Petroleum Engineering and Procurement in Liberia.