The Vice Chancellor’s Speech at the Installation of the 3rd Chancellor

The vicar general of the diocese of Makeni, The Deputy Minister of higher and technical education, the Chairman of the Tertiary education Commission, colleague VCs,  Your worship the Mayor of the Makeni Municipality, the Chairman of the Bombali District Council,  our revered paramount chiefs of Makarie Chiefdom, the Regent Chief of Bombali Sebora Chiefdom , other traditional authorities, our religious and diocesan priests present here today, religious sisters from the various congregations of the diocese of Makeni, provosts and administrators of the various campuses, colleague members of the academic and administrative staff, postgraduate students , distinguished invited guests.

Let me take this opportunity on behalf of the entire Unimak community to welcome you to this historic moment in the life of the university and our diocese, the diocese of Makeni.  The installation of the third Chancellor of the University of Makeni is a defining moment for us as a University , as a diocese of  Makeni and the country as a whole. The passing of the baton from those who brought us the good news of Christ to an indigenous led episcopacy is a sign of the growth and maturity of the Church and in particular our University.

On behalf of educational community in the diocese , the staff and students of the University of  Makeni, we are delighted to welcome Bishop Bob John Hassan Koroma  as our new Chancellor. We are honored  to have as our Chancellor  and look forward to his guidance and support at this important time in Unimak’s development and we look forward to his presence in our community.

The Chancellor is not a stranger to the University of Makeni. A scholar in his own right, He has been associated with the University as a lecturer, member of the University Court , member of the Board of the Trustees. This gives him a unique insider perspective of the University as he takes leadership of our institution.  As a university, we will draw inspiration and direction from his vision expressed in his Episcopal Motto and Coat of Arms ( Ut  Unum Sint… the prayer of Jesus … Father , May they all be one)  Pope Francis in his address to Chaplains from Catholic Universities all over the world asked universities to be places of encounter  and integration, welcoming students and staff from diverse social and geographical locations, perspectives and interpretations.

In a special way, Pope Francis calls on universities to be  centers of organizing hope in our countries and our world. Our country and our world needs hope , messengers of hope . We pray that our new chancellor together with the entire university community may be bearers of hope in our troubled world and country.

Let us acknowledge great debt to those who have gone before us , we pray for healing  strength and the grace of God for our  Bishop Emeritus George Biquzzi, our first Chancellor,  and express our thanks and appreciation to Bishop Natalio, our second Chancellor and apostolic administrator of the diocese of Makeni.

Let me take this opportunity to welcome the government represented in the person of the deputy minister for the confidence reposed on the Catholic Church to offer educational services for the common good. A big welcome to the chairperson of the TEC, Colleague VCs, the religious community represented in the priests, sisters, brothers and other religious  and all distinguished guests. Your support to the university is invaluable. The years ahead are filled with promise for Unimak if we are all ready to work harder, sacrifice for the common good , witness to the grace, mercy  and compassion of Christ. Welcome and may God Bless us all.

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