In the wake of struggle by students of the state run University of Liberia to pay their school fees, former Central Bank of Liberia, now presidential hopeful, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones has contributed L$1 million to UL authority towards the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) scholarship program.
Making the donation last Friday at the main campus of the UL, Dr. Jones said, considering the difficulties faced by ULSU members to settle their financial obligation to the University, it is imperative to settle the students’ financial obligation at the nation’s highest institution of learning. Jones described academic studies as an “impulsion” behind human resource development in every country, with Liberia being no exception, especially after years of devastating war which created severe brain drain. The former CBL Executive Governor noted it doesn’t bode well when people with opportunities do nothing to help young Liberians stay in schools or universities. The political leader for the opposition Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) party said it is high time that the Liberian Government puts in place an academic plan that will motivate young Liberians to return to schools. The resources of Liberia, he said, belong to every Liberian and must be equally apportioned to benefit all and not only the elites as it is been done by some individuals in society. Dr. Jones noted that if empowering Liberians to become entrepreneurs in order to improve the economy of the country is wrong then he does not want to be right. He called on Liberian students to be more steadfast in their academic journey and avoid acts that will hinder their learning process. ULSU President Daniel Woart extolled the former CBL boss for his humanitarian effort towards the improvement of learning at the University, and urged other well-meaning Liberians to follow the step of Dr. Mills Jones by lending a helping hand to struggling students. Mr. Woart noted that Dr. Jones’ gesture further demonstrates his support to students throughout the country. During his tenure at the Central Bank of Liberia Dr. Mills Jones presented over LD$1 million dollars to ULSU leadership towards the scholarship program at the University of Liberia in 2014, which was highly welcomed by ULSU at the time.