The American government through its development Agency, USAID SHINE Project has dedicated and turned-over to the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, a well furbished University Extension Library and new five staff Housing facilities as gifts.
The Cuttington University which is run by the Episcopal Church of Liberia was one of those higher learning institutions that was seriously affected as a result of the 14 years of civil unrest in the tiny West African Nation.
Speaking at the Dedication of the modern facilities in Central Liberia on Thursday, May 30, 2019, USAID Mission Director Dr. Anthony Chan said the initiative is part of several development projects being undertaken by the government and people of the United States as gifts to the Liberian people.
According to Dr. Chan, USAID is providing scholarships and capacity building trainings for Liberians in the sciences and is currently constructing a multi-purpose facility to serve as the future home of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration, LIPA on the Robertsfield Highway.
In addition, the USAID Mission Director asserted that the American government through its development Agency has also renovated the science and technology complex of the State-run University of Liberia at its Fendell Campus outside Monrovia.
He said USAID through its sustainable High Impact Infrastructure for Education and Agriculture (SHINE) Project will continue to work with the private sector as well as other development partners to positively impact the lives of ordinary Liberian students but urged the direct beneficiaries to take full ownership of the facilities through regular maintenance.
Dr. Chan then thanked the President, faculty and staff as well as students of Cuttington University for the support and cooperation provided during the construction period and admonished them to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the United States government.
Speaking earlier when he handed over the keys of the facilities to the administration of the University, USAID-SHINE JLN-360 Chief of Party Jacob Fayad extolled the contractors for their commitment and dedication which have resulted to the timely completion and dedication of the extended modern Library and new staff houses.
According to Fayad, the modern housing facilities which contain five units, two bedrooms each will be used to house International and visiting professors at the University in Bong County.
The USAID-SHINE JLN-360 Chief of Party put the cost of the five staff housing units to 215,000.00 United States dollars while the amount of 266,630.63 United States dollars was used for the extension and renovation of the Cuttington University Library.
Receiving the keys to the facilities, Cuttington University Vice President for Administration Mr. Orea Wright thanked the government and people of the United States of America for their continuous assistance to the Liberian people especially the Episcopal-Run University in Central Liberia.
Mr. Wright cautioned the students to use the modern Library to enhance their studies and noted that the Board of Trustee of the University is doing everything possible to address the mounting challenges facing the University.
It can be recalled that USAID-SHINE recently dedicated two modern science complexes equipped with laboratory materials including several microscopes and chemicals on the Campuses of the Lofa County Community College and the Nimba County Community College respectively.
USAID-SHINE also provided the electrical distribution system on the main Campus of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County and is currently constructing a modern science and technology complex on the main campus of the Grand Bassa County Community in Buchanan.