Bushrod Island: The dux of this year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Council Exam (WASSCE) has hailed President Geroge M. Weah, for mandating the National Port Authority (NPA) to underwrite her studies at tertiary education level.

In a statement signed by NPA’s director for public relations, Malcolm W. Scott, female student Blessing Jalieba, speaking when she and her uncle Varney Konuwa met in audience with NPA Managing Director Bill Tweway on Monday, 16 November 2020, expressed excitement for such opportunity and described it as a dream come true.

“I’d like to use this medium to wholeheartedly appreciate the President for this golden gesture as I had always wished to become a medical doctor through diligence and hard studies to make my dream a reality,” Miss Jalieba said.

She informed the NPA boss that she’s desirous of attending the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences to pursue her studies in biology, stating that she envisions rendering professional services to the country as a medical doctor.

Her comments followed when MD Tweahway broke the news that the President Weah had instructed the NPA to fund the dux of the 2019/20 (WASSCE) Exams, through undergraduate and graduate studies depending on her academic demands for higher education.

“We are excited that you have made your family and the nation proud for your brilliant performance and has been awarded as the most outstanding student to have dux this year’s Senior Secondary School Exams, and the NPA will not hold back to live up to Dr. George Weah’s mandate for the Port to finance your studies at the highest level,” MD Tweahway told the dux in scholarly tone.

He congratulated student Jalieba and colleagues on behalf of President Weah and encouraged others to take their education seriously, adding that NPA will support her through its Corporate Social Responsibility and also provide vocational job opportunities to the dux to enhance her studies.

For his part, Mr. Varney Konuwa, Uncle/guardian to student Jalieba also lauded President Weah for making his daughter’s dream a reality and called on Liberian students to see her as an example for opportunities worthy of a scholar.

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