Dozens of students of the University of Liberia campus based Student Union (ULSU) were the happiest on Friday when one of the contenders in the pending Montserrado County Senatorial by-elections, Mark Austin Keshen graciously presented a check of One Million Liberian Dollars to the students as his personal contribution towards ULSU’s scholarship program launched today, May 18, 2018 on the campus of the University.
Mr. Keshen who is also one of Liberia’s youngest entrepreneurs during the ULSU’s official scholarship launch when he served as Chief Launcher, urged students of the University to academically direct their future for the betterment of them and Liberia, and also called on them to serve as ambassadors for academic excellence.
Addressing the students before the launch of the Scholarship, Mr. Keshen paid tribute to the late Wuo Tappia who he said inducted him into the politics of the Student Unification Party, and also made mention of Jerome Verdier who was then Secretary General of ULSU for encouraging him to form part of the works of ULSU, noting, “These two men introduced me to first face of politics.”
“I am not here to play politics, I came here to say the truth; I came here to support the Student Unification Party, the Party that have brought in our Country a lot of supper and brilliant leaders, but 170 years have passed, this is what we left with,” Mr. Keshen amidst applauds, told the students the important of politics in the Liberian society.
He lauded the role played by the University of Liberia instructional staff over the years by nurturing the future leaders of Liberia, stressing, “This University has indeed played its parts, but what is lacking is our past leaders have failed us in our developmental drive.”
Mr. Keshen further recounted those days during his academic sojourn at the Boatswam Junior High School in Monrovia when he ate dried rice with what is locally called Mumuan’ or sun-salted fish as his daily meal due to his determination to secure a sound academic status.
He used the occasion to inform the audience of his desire to serve his people in the Liberian Senate, stressing, “it is my desire to serve the people of Montserrado County, my quest is see to it that our people enjoy the wealth of their nation. It is our obligation as Liberians to contribute our quota to the growth and development of our beloved Country,” Mr. Keshen told the students.
For his part, the President of ULSU, Mr. Flomo Mau Maiwo explained about the importance of the launch of the ULSU Scholarship Fund Drive, which he said is aimed helping students who are desirous of university education but lacks the financials support. “We are indeed grateful today to have one of Liberia’s youthful entrepreneurs coming to our rescue, and prayed that his contribution today will boost our strength in this endeavor,” Mr. Mau Maiwo told his colleagues.