The International Institute of Science and Technology of Africa (AIIST) graduated 178 young people in computer science, including twelve graduates from the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) thanks to sponsorship from the World Bank.
AIIST offers an innovative way to learn and grow from a beginner level to a certified information technology expert within 18 yearse months of time.
The graduation ceremony held recently in Monrovia saw dozens of government officials, especially from the LLA, learn skills in office productivity and management systems to increase professional and standard public production through the use of technology.
The eighth convening speaker was Mr. Floyd Oxley Sayor, Commissioner at the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
In his address on the occasion, Sayor chastised all unprofessional and unproductive attitudes exhibited by many professionals in Liberian society and warned graduates not to emulate such ugly work attitudes.
âAs a computer scientist, you have to be patient, especially when you’re called upon to help develop software for a client. For a project to be implemented, you must have undivided purpose with an unwavering focus strictly on what you are called upon to do,â he said, noting that IT specialists are not ordinary people but scientists.
Sayor, a computer expert and former head of NEC’s IT department, told the graduates and the rest of the audience under his voice that patience is essential in the practice of information technology (IT) and anyone under- believes patience in the IT business often fails and loses sight of success.
âThis career path you have chosen is not easy. It forces you to spend a lot of time almost every day exploring and continually learning new ideas to make your value challenging and marketable,” said Commissioner Sayor, adding that “as IT staff, you always have to be clean and tidy because presidents, directors or managers will always leave their seats for you to check in and fix a computer problem.
âTherefore, if you pull someone out of their seat, you have to smell good,â he pointed out.
Sayor urged graduates to take advantage of opportunities and market themselves in order to be considered for good contracts or possible employment.
He thanked AIIST for contributing to a better society by training people in the application of technology.
AIIST President, Madam Zainab O. Assaf, said that her institution provides computer training for people who need employment and want to improve for career opportunities.
Assaf said AIIST, which is one of the fastest growing institutions in the Republic, hopes and aspires to realize its owner’s vision and mission by building the human resource capacity of Liberians.
She named Information Management System, Computer Awareness, Office Productivities, Operating System and QuickBooks as some of the core programs offered by her institution.
âAIIST currently provides training to several government entities including the Liberia Lands Authority, Immigration, Fire Department, Liberia National Police, as well as individuals who are so eager to improve in IT,â noted the president of AIIST.
She thanked the World Bank for believing in AIIST, especially for training LLA staff to improve service delivery.
Assaf went on to call on the World Bank office in Liberia to continue to follow AIIST’s lead in providing better training opportunities to the Liberian workforce.
She concluded: “We want this relationship to continue and whenever they have staff members to train, we will always be available for them.”
One of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) beneficiaries, Mrs. Weyata S. Gibson, thanked the World Bank through AIIST for the training.
Gibson, who works in LLA’s Planning and Policy Department, said it was not her first time doing computers, however, the training by AIIST will never be forgotten because what I learned in Ghana is quite different from what AIIST taught. us in Liberia.
She said, âWe learned eleven courses at AIIST. We did computer awareness, Windows, Words, Excel, MS Power Point, Window Outlook, Internet and maintenance, etc.
Gibson took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the World Bank Group family in Liberia for this great opportunity and promised to use it for its intended purpose.