first_imgLofa County Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, Steve Zargo, is calling on the student community of Lofa County to know their role before getting involved in national development.Making the call when he served as keynote speaker and chief launcher at the 2nd semester scholarship fund drive of the Lofa University Students Association of the University of Liberia (LUSA-UL), Sen. Zargo said the decision that students make today will determine if Liberia will improve or decline in national development as Africa’s oldest republic.“If Liberia must be preserved then the status of ignorance and deceit must be uprooted,” Sen. Zargo said.Speaking on the theme “The Role of Students in National Development,” Sen. Zargo, who is the founder and first president of LUSA-UL, said Liberia is in need of national development therefore it needs students as national developers.“Premium must be placed on quality education, for it alone promises national salvation and national development and I am calling on you students not to be misled in the up-coming 2017 Representatives and Presidential elections,” he admonished.Senator Zargo gave a check of L$50,000 to the association as his initial contribution to the scholarship fund.The program brought together several officials of government and eminent citizens of Lofa County, including the Secretary General of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Rep. Clarence Massaquoi, who presented a check for US$500 as his contribution.Other officials, including Rep. Eugene F. Kparkar, and Julie F. Weah who were represented by proxies, Justin Korvayan and Central Bank Legal Counselor, Cllr. Joseph Jallah pledged an amount of L$30,000, L$15,000, L$20,000 and L$10,000, respectively.The student association also recognized Mr. Francis Carbah for his numerous contributions to the student community whenever he is called upon.Carbah thanked the students for the recognition and for upholding the image of the county at the university and the national level and pledged an amount of US$400 to the association’s fund drive.The organization thanked the Lofa County officials for their continuous support and assured the officials and students that LUSA-UL will remain transparent and accountable in order for its members to enroll into school this semester. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Leigh Griffiths has scored just one goal in eight Premiership appearances this season Leigh Griffiths has withdrawn from the Scotland squad to face Israel and Portugal this month.The Celtic striker played an hour of his side’s 6-0 route St Johnstone on Sunday before exiting the action and claims he needs “focus on his fitness” during the international break. The 28-year-old was only a substitute for Scotland in their Nations League opening win against Albania last month.The man preferred ahead of him in attack – Steven Naismith – went on to impress and manager Alex McLeish said after the game that he would keep his place for Scotland’s next game.Griffith described McLeish’s declaration a “kick in the teeth” and has now decided to make himself unavailable for the Nations League clash with Israel on Thursday and the friendly against Portugal three days later.In a statement released by the Scottish Football Association, Griffiths said: “I feel that I need to focus on my fitness over this international period and get back into the best possible shape.“I had a good discussion with the manager to explain my decision. It’s not one that I’ve made lightly.“It means a lot to me to play for Scotland and I hope to be part of Alex’s plans again in future, if selected.“My aim is to be back to my best and be available for section for club and country.”center_img 1last_img read more