Student Blessing Jalieba, speaking when she and her Uncle, Mr. Varney Konuwa met in audience with NPA Managing Director, Mr. Bill Tweahway, on Monday, November 16, 2020, expressed excitement for such opportunity and described it as a dream come true. "I'd like to use this medium to wholeheartedly appreciate the President for this golden gesture as I had always wished to become a medical doctor through diligence and hard studies to make my dream a reality," she said. She further thanked the Liberian leader and informed MD Tweahwayof her desire of attending the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences to peruse her studies in biology as she envisioned rendering professional services to the country as a medical doctor.
Her comments came after the NPA’s boss broke the news that the President had instructed the management of the NPA to fund the dux of the 20020 (WASSCE) Exam through undergraduate and graduate studies depending on her academic demands for higher education. “We are excited that you have made your family and the nation proud for your brilliant performance and award as the most outstanding student to dux this year’s senior secondary school exams and the NPA will not hold back to live up to Dr. George Weah's Mandate for the Port to finance your studies at the highest level,” MD Tweahway told the dux in a scholarly tone.
He congratulated Student Jalieba and colleagues on behalf of President Weah and encouraged others to take their education seriously, adding that the NPA will support her through its Corporate Social Responsibility and also provide vocational job opportunities to the dux to enhance her studies. For his part, Mr. Varney Konuwa, Uncle and guardian to Student Jalieba also lauded President Weah for making his daughter's dream a reality and called on Liberian Students to see her as an example for opportunities worthy of a scholar. It can be recalled on Friday, November 13, 2020, Blessing Jalieba was announced by the head of WAEC as the top academic performer of the 2020 WASSCE after scoring a total of 646.11 mark over the 39,263 candidates.