The President of the Press Union of Liberia, Abdullai Kamara has admonished incoming journalists to see their role as a crucial catalyst in the development of any society.
Mr. Kamara said once journalists tell the full story, they provide the impetus for citizens to stand up to correct the wrongs in society and further the drive towards fuller development. He said journalism is a simple opportunity that inspires all sectors to express themselves on issues that affect them. He said any effort to limit journalism is only for the time being, noting that the advancement of technology is making it increasingly impossible to limit speech. Mr. Kamara spoke Saturday at the 2nd Graduation Exercises of the Thomas Fallah Institute of Academic and Vocational Education (T-Five Academy), where he presented diplomas to graduates of journalism and computer science. The PUL boss said new technology is now making it impossible to control the mass media and media content; and cautioned those who find some media content offensive to seek alternative media to serve their needs. Kamara noted that presently in Liberia, there are more than 80 radio stations, including 29 in the Monrovia area, offering diverse content that some may find likable or offensive. Mr. Kamara said, for democracy and eventually development to thrive, “we need to accept the diverse views within our society and to offer alternatives to views that we do not concur with”. At the event, 62 students, including 46 females, received diplomas after a year of studies in Nursing, Journalism, Computer Science and Airline Ticketing and Marketing. The Thomas Fallah Institute of Academic and Vocational Education (T-Five) was organized by Montserrado County Rep Thomas Fallah to address the vocational and academic needs of young people within Montserrado. In addition, the T-Five Academy also includes a Radio Station and an academic program that includes both morning and night sessions. Also speaking at the graduation, Rep Thomas Fallah, founder and CEO of the T-Five Academy, lauded the students for their faith in the institution and their commitment to seeking further education and skills towards the development of their country. He pledged to continue his drive in preparing young people for the future by adding additional facilities and programs, including a clinic, and programs in mechanical driving, home economics, tailoring, general construction and drafting to the programs in the next year. The Guest Speaker at the graduation, Mr. Desire Satia, Director of Finance at the Liberia Martime Authority, admonished the students for their commitment to seeking higher education and pledged a number of scholarships for the students. Mr. Satia also lauded Rep Fallah for his vision in pursuing education for the youths of the community, and prayed with him for graduates to make the needed impact in the society.