Ruling CDC dedicates vocational school named after late Rep. Munah Pelham Youngblood – FrontPageAfrica
MONROVIA- It was a moment full of joy and happiness for hundreds of young Liberians and stalwarts of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) on Saturday during a program marking the official inauguration and orientation of the Institute. Munah Pelham Youngblood of Vocational and Technical Studies, Munah Technique for short.
The school, named after the stalwart and pioneer of the late CDC, is being built at the party’s national headquarters in Monrovia to provide technical and vocational education to all young Liberians.
Delivering the keynote address, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa described the CDC as the youngest liberation movement in the history of Africa and paid tribute to President Weah, the visionary of the institution and the pillars of the party for the establishment of the institution, which, according to him, is the first in the history of political parties. .
“It’s amazing to see in these contexts where we’re not talking about arm wrestling as necessary, but we’re talking about a struggle of empowerment, a struggle to free your mind, a struggle to give yourself a independence of thought and action,” enthused Vice-President Koffa.
“Never in the history of a political party has an institution dreamed of saying we’re not just going to build supporters to say A-woo say! [shout battle cry], or to come to leaders for alms, but we want to build followers who are also empowered – to be able to fend for themselves so that they are not just donated, but can give back to the institution . And this is political history that we are talking about. I challenged and challenged anyone to come here with an example that is also in Liberia.
The vice president, now a ruling CDC official, was once the chairman of the Freedom Party and flirted with the former ruling Unity Party.
Speaking further, he noted that in all his political life, he had never seen such a significant project being undertaken by a political party. He attributed the party’s landmark achievement to the selfless efforts of the party’s “young revolutionaries” who made the ultimate sacrifice over the years.
He said: “We have been in a political institution. We tried to build a political party. We’ve never seen anything like it – that’s what’s happening here today. We give full praise to the young revolutionaries and emerging leaders here today. They were chained and in hangers. We have all seen their struggles, the sacrifices they have made. They should have done something to make their lives better, but they put their lives on the line to get us here today.
He called on students to seize the opportunity for a better future and pledged his unwavering support to the institution.
The event was graced by senior officials, including lawmakers and guests. One of them, the South African Ambassador, Professor Iqbal Jhazbhay revealed that he had discussions with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa and she had accepted, on behalf of the University, to form a partnership with Munah Tech for the benefit of students. in digital and professional disciplines.
He then recounted the long-standing relationship between Liberia and South Africa; especially the many supporters in Liberia given to leaders of the anti-apartheid movement and the African National Congress (ANC) during their liberation struggle.
Party Chairman, Mulbah K. Morlue thanked President Weah for his vision and the supporters for supporting the project through due payments and donations.
“It is the product of the sweat and ability to pay of party members. It is the party-owned professional institution of which you can be proud. Thanks to all supporters for their contribution – CDC USA, Europe and Australia.
He said that although the school is owned by the Party, it will open its doors to all Liberians regardless of their affiliations.
He thanked the South African Ambassador to Liberia for soliciting support on behalf of the vocational school and expressed hope that the proposed partnership will benefit the students.
He noted that the founding fathers of the CDC drew inspiration from the ANC in its fight for freedom.
“You (ANC) are the inspiration that gave birth to us (CDC) to provide basic social services and economic freedom to our people and our country. We are honored to have you seated here less than 100 feet from our sycamore which recalls the history and the sacrifice of all the revolutionaries who left and who are still alive. We say thank you for being there. We hope that the institution will do everything possible to work with the school” , said President Morlue, addressing the ambassador.