Maritime exhibits at 2nd Annual Career Expo

The Liberia Maritime Authority on Thursday, April 19, 2012 was among several entities to participate in the 2012 Annual Career Expo organized by Katurah, Inc. At the Expo, two booths were installed and staffed by employees of the Authority. A team from the Liberia Marine Training Institute (LMTI) occupied a booth while the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department of the Authority occupied the other.

During a PowerPoint® presentation, the Corporate Communications Manager, Mulbah K. Yorgbor, Jr. challenged participants at the Expo to consider career opportunities in other disciplines that would increase their marketability and worth on the job market. “Try to pursue studies in technical fields such as Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Biology, Marine Engineering, Environmental Science, etc.”, Mr. Yorgbor Said. “It is not a bad thing to study Accounting, Management or business-related courses, Sociology or general social science, etc, but what good is it for Liberia if her entire young generation reads the same kind of courses?”, he continued. “A capacity gap for other major sectors of our country, like the energy and extractive industry will be created and as we have been told of the discovery of oil off our shores, we need Oil and Gas experts, offshore engineers, petroleum scientists, etc.”, he concluded. Mr. Yorgbor cautioned that in order to reduce the level of job outsourcing, there was a dire need for Liberian students to begin diversifying their career choices in a manner that reflects a proportional representation and presence in every sector of the Liberian economy.

Also speaking at the Expo was the Associate Director of Corporate Communications, Mrs. Samuna Thompson-Wreh, who explained the significance of Corporate Social Responsibility and how the Liberia Maritime Authority has impacted ordinary Liberians through its three-tier CSR initiatives namely; Education, Social Services and Community Volunteering. “Our Beach and Waterways Campaign has seen the employment of almost 2,000 beach community dwellers, something that is unprecedented in the 64-year history of the Liberia Maritime Program”, Mrs. Thompson-Wreh averred. “We have more than 400 students, both in high schools and universities benefiting from our domestic scholarship program, Mrs. Thompson-Wreh said. The Authority also paid the West African Examination Councils fees for 2,000 students who are expected to sit the exams this May.

“It is also interesting to note that up to 40 percent of those who benefited from the WAEC fess payment were drawn from the Central and Southeastern regions of Liberia as a result of a live televised Lottery program. This tells you how Maritime is continually being felt by Liberians outside of Monrovia,” She concluded.

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