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-President Pleads For Attention; Cites Inadequate Funding

The president of the Nimba County Community College (NCCC), Dr. Yah Donlah Gonway-Gono said with increasing enrollment of students at the institution the ardent need for more resources cannot be overemphasized.

Speaking over the weekend in Sanniquellie during the student council government endorsement program, Dr. Gono indicated that while it is true that the institution represents the country`s peace and security it is financially challenged.
She eluded that while the budget was awaiting approval, allotments for the college from July-October 2013 in the amount of US$138,028 were deducted from the approved budget of US$650,000.00 leaving a balance of US$511,972.00, a situation which the college administration did not anticipate because it was their understanding that the allotments disbursed by the Ministry of Finance prior to the approval of the budget were from contingency funds.
Dr. Gono, who has over 25 years of administrative and pastoral leadership experience in both Liberia and the United States of America, said the current enrollment is tentatively placed at 1,396 students with 496 are females and 900 are males, of which unlike other universities and colleges across the country the ratio of females is higher than males, an exceptional case that needs attention.
“The NCCC represents the country`s peace and security,” she observed.
According to her, with 15 disciplines, the institution has departments of science and agriculture, social science and liberal arts, business and public administration along with vocational and technical education programs.
“The department of science and agriculture has equipped laboratories for nursing and technical programs along with soil and biology laboratories. There are also equipment and books for the geology and mining programs including lab safety materials,” she added.
Recounting some of her achievements at NCCC, Dr. Gono highlighted the completion of the construction of an organic compost material processing center, a modern 250 seat cafeteria with kitchen, concrete billboard, welcome gate, modern library and computer laboratory.
She also pointed out
In a statement also the vice president for administration, Edwin F. Kruah indicated that in spite of the many achievements the college has made in a relatively short period of time, inadequate financial contributions to the college remains a major constrains.
He added that while the administration of the college has exercised extreme fiscal discipline to live within it means, the expanding scope of activities at the college, including an expanding students population and programs, requires substantial financial support to enable NCCC fulfill its mission of providing quality education for the people of Nimba County and Liberia.
For her part, Daiba Tozay, vice president for academic affairs said the introduction of career fair in the school is yielding the desired outcome as students are inspired by their visiting young colleagues that have attained quality education in various disciplines discuss some of the challenges they have had along the way in their academic sojourn.

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