A farewell program in honour of visiting students from the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) was held on Friday, May 24th at the Cape Hotel located in Mamba Point beginning at 6pm.
The program brought together all twenty-four members of the NCCU delegation, as well as representatives from the various Government Institutions where they spent two weeks of work. In opening remarks, the Director for Career Management & Training at the Civil Service Agency Mr. Claudius J. Broderick, expressed appreciation to the NCCU Interns and Management for their meaningful contributions and services in providing the space for the exchange of skills and knowledge. He requested that the NCCU considers a similar program for young Liberians at their prestigious institution.
This was followed by a series of gift presentations made to some students by the CSA Team, and several government institutions represented at the occasion. In response, the Interns expressed their gratitude and thanks to the CSA and other Institutions in which they were assigned, for the warm reception accorded them throughout their stay. In her remarks to the delegation, the CSA Director General, Hon. Laurine W. Johnson thanked the NCCU family for their continuous services and support to Liberia, and hoped that the Interns were appreciative of the skills and knowledge exchanged. She as well encouraged them to provide reports upon their return to the United States, reflecting an account of their stay in Liberia, and the knowledge, skills and experiences acquired here.
The visit of the students is an implement of the Executive Masters of Public Administration Program at the North Carolina Central University, which seeks to expose students through their annual internship program with the Government of Liberia since 2007. The delegation this year was led by Dr. Larrisha McGill-Youngblood, Program Manager-Executive MPA Track at NCCU, along with Dr. Christopher Paul, Assistant Professor.
What was spectacular about this year’s farewell program, for the first time, students of the NCCU participated in cultural performancesreflecting the Kpelle, Krahn, Bassa and Kissi tribes,along with a local cultural group. Since the inception of this program, such attraction had never been seen before, and those students participating expressed excitement for the opportunity to identify with the Liberian culture in such a practical manner.
Government institutions accommodation NCCU students over the weeks included the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health, General Auditing Commission, University of Liberia, Monrovia Consolidated School System, Monrovia City Corporation, Minister of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Public Works.