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Chakwera dares varsity

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By Thomas Kachere

President Lazarus Chakwera has Challenged institutions of higher learning to work hard in producing professionals who add value to the development of the country.

Chakwera made the remarks yesterday when he presided over the graduation ceremony of the first congregation at the University of Blantyre Synod (UBS) in Blantyre.

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He said there is no value in an education that produces engineers who construct poor-condition roads or politicians who use public offices for self-enrichment.

“The industries we need to build in this country will be done by skilled men and women and those skills will be largely acquired from institution like UBS, which is why I am happy to assure you that my government will provide support,” Chakwera said.

The President said the founding of UBS is a manifestation of the investment in the education by churches.

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He then pledged that government will support institutions of higher learning for the county’s prosperity.

“Whether one likes it or not, the Christian churches have done more to advance the quality of education than any other force in the world, and the founding of Blantyre Synod is the product of that tradition and it is right for us to cerebrate,” Chakwera said.

Established in 2016, UBS has also installed Moderator of Blantyre Synod Reverend Edna Navaya as its first Chancellor.

In her acceptance speech, Navaya said she will work hard for the betterment of the nation, with the help of God.

Blantyre Synod General Secretary Reverend Billy Gama applauded Chakwera for gracing the graduation ceremony and went ahead to state that people with backgrounds in theology can also be entrusted with top leadership positions.

Gama also appealed to the President to support UBS for the institution to realise its vision.

“I invited the President to be the guest of honor to prove a point that even people with theological background can become presidents of the nation.

“After serving your second term, tell the world that there are also other people with theological backgrounds who can also be entrusted with the same position,” Gama said.

This was the first congregation to graduate with degrees in Master of Arts in Theology at the institution.

The event had 18 students graduating of which two were from South Sudan.

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