Cuttington University Gets Modern Library, Housing Units
Suakoko, Bong County – The American government through its development Agency, USAID SHINE Project has dedicated and turned over to the administartion of the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, a well furbished University Extension Library and five new staff housing facilities.
The Cuttington University, which is run by the Episcopal Church of Liberia, was one of those higher learning institutions that were seriously affected by Liberia’s 14 years of civil unrest.
Speaking at the dedication of the modern facilities in Central Liberia on Thursday, May 30, USAID Mission Director Dr. Anthony Chan said the initiative is part of several development projects funded 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 support for Liberians in the sciences and that the agency 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 the 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 he 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 during the construction period and admonished them to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the US 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 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 US$215,000.00 while the amount of US$266,630.63 was used for the extension and renovation of the 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 Liberia especially the Episcopal-run university.
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 campus 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.