4 Jun, 2018

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Hard work pays: Eng. Alfonso Chikuni presenting an award to one of the best students as LUANAR Vice Chancellor Prof. Kanyama Phiri looks on
It was all smiles on the faces of hardworking students at LUANAR when The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) on Friday, 1st June 2018 awarded LUANAR’s Environmental Science Management (ESM) Department best students for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Speaking at the award presentation ceremony at Bunda campus, Chief Executive Officer for Lilongwe Water Board, Engineer Alfonso Chikuni congratulated the six awardees for their hard work and making both their parents and school very proud.

The LWB Boss said the board decided to come up with LUANAR best students’ awards as way of appreciating hardworking students as well as to motivate and inculcate competition spirit among students.

“The awards given today are not only just for recognising the students who have performed extraordinary well in their academics but also to motivate those that will be the light tomorrow when they leave the institution.” He said.

Chikuni said LWB believes that investing in education is the ultimate way of unlocking opportunities and dealing with poverty in this country. LWB offers internships to students and currently it has recruited twenty five interns.

In his remarks, LUANAR Vice Chancellor, Professor George Kanyama Phiri hailed Lilongwe Water Board for acknowledging the hardworking spirit of LUANAR students. He said the water supply body is bringing good tidings to the institution and it will help LUANAR realize its vision and mission.

“We are all aware that LWB is here today to present various gifts to students in Environmental Science Management Department who have performed exceedingly well. This great gesture, which we are very grateful for, plays a great role in motivating students to work even harder in their studies hence contributing to the vision and mission of LUANAR,” said Kanyama Phiri.

The Vice Chancellor said LUANAR through the ESM Department works on various areas of environment such as land management, catchment rehabilitation and climate smart science. As such, it needs to collaborate with LWB since LUANAR is also in the board’s catchment area.

In an interview with the media on behalf of the awardees, Lisa Banda said she was so excited that she has received the awards as she never expected it. Banda said this is a reward of hard work and urged fellow students to work extra harder.

During the event, six students each received a trophy and prize money amounting to MK350,000. The awardees were Patrick Kalonde, Jacob Sande and Jonasi Lungton, all BSc in Natural Resources Management students, Toleni Andrea, Hopkins Mwanza and Lisa Banda pursuing BSc in Environmental Science Management. The overall best Student award went to Patrick Kalonde who was in absentia and went away with an extra trophy.