Press Statement from ALSIN.
- ASSOCIATION OF LIBERIAN STUDENTS IN NIGERIA(ALSIN)
C/O RICHARD F. NGAFUAN
ROOM 214 AWO HALL
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY
ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE REVITALISATION OF THE
ASSOCIATION OF LIBERIAN STUDENTS IN NIGERIA.
Fellow Liberians, Our Nigerian brothers and friends, all and sundry:
As the wheel of history turns it becomes increasingly compelling for
conscious men to provide the lubricant that keeps the vehicle of
progress in action. This vehicle must involve sincere men that will
synergize their abilities, positive will and resources inorder to
keep active the continuum and to ensure the momentum of their onward
drive to progress.
It is precipitated against this conscious backdrop that on December
31, 2003 as another year slipped into the bosom of history and while
ushering in a new vista of hope, enthusiasm and possibilities that we
the Liberian students in Nigeria, glowing with the flame of
knowledge, love for the Fatherland and an earnest desire to ensure
national healing amongst our already divided people, decided to
convoke on the Oru Refugee Camp, Ogun State, Nigeria to form, fix,
establish and to elect a new corps of officers for our noble
organisation, Association of Liberian Students in Nigeria(ALSIN).
This gathering of Liberian students from various Nigerian
universities, polytechnics, theological seminaries, schools of
nursing and other tertiary institutions after a hectic two-days
session gave birth to a new leadership to direct their course for a
period of one year. Emerging from this intellectually tensed,
politically charged, and democratically transparent process were the
following students: Mr. Richard Fatorma Ngafuan from the Department
of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-
Ife President; Mr. Tailey
Garley, Department of Accountancy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Vice-President and Mr. P. Obediah Browne, Department of Civil
Engineering, Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Uli
Secretary-General. Also elected were Mr. Ernest G. Smith Jr.
Department of Computer Engineering, Ibadan Polytechnic, Financial
Secretary and Mr. Alton V. Kesselly, Department of Physics,
University of Abuja, Abuja Public Relations Officer.
In keeping with the usual style and tradition, the official swearing
in and turning over ceremonies were held immediately after the
election at which time the official documents and properties of ALSIN
were turn over to the President-elect, Mr. Richard Fatorma Ngafuan,
on behalf of the elected officials by Mr. James Zulu Grear, the out-
going Secretary-General of the organisation.
The newly elected officials were given the mandate to ensure, inter-
alia, the fostering of academic excellence and unity among all
Liberian students, the soliciting assistance for needy students, the
rehabilitation and revitalization of the already shattered edifice of
the mental sanctity of the Liberian youth, and the portrayal of a
positive nationalistic image by keeping the emblem of Liberia aloft
in the constellation of nations.
In this light, the Leadership of the Association of Liberian Students
in Nigeria(ALSIN) is calling on all well-meaning Liberians, the
Interim Government of Liberia, Liberian youth and civic institutions,
the Federal Government of Nigeria, Non-governmental organizations and
Philanthropic institutions to collaborate with us as we endeavour to
achieve our dream for the benefit of our fellow Liberians and mankind
DONE THIS FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2004 AT THE ORU
REFUGEE CAMP, ORU-IJEBU, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA.
Signed: Alton V. Kesselly
Public Relations Officer(PRO)
Approved: Richard F. Ngafuan