15 Jun, 2018

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Awardees pose with LUANAR and NBM team
National bank of Malawi (NBM) on Wednesday 13th June 2018 awarded four outstanding students from the Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Natural Resources, Faculty of food and Human Sciences and Faculty of Development studies at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).

Speaking during the awarding ceremony at LUANAR Bunda Campus, NBM Chief Executive, Mr. Macfussy Kawawa, congratulated the students for the remarkable achievement saying his institution takes pride in these Awards because they believe in the youth of this country.

“These youths in front of us have a very important role to play in the socioeconomic development of this country. However, it is those youths that have achieved higher educational standards that can do this,” he said.

The NBM CEO urged the entire students to take their education seriously saying College education offers them greater opportunities to widen the range of choices they can make.

“You can, for example, remain in academia (teaching) you can go into entrepreneurship, you can go into a profession directly aligned to your academic training and become a specialist or you can end up in a different career altogether: I trained as an accountant I will retire as a banker,” said Mr. Kawawa.

He further said a successful college career requires years of hard work, and no one can expect to be a success without devotion and sacrifice.

“I firmly believe that anyone judged to be eligible to enter college can be successful. However, the amount of hard work, dedication, sacrifice and discipline is what separates those who eventually come out successful from those who fail,” he added.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, Professor Jeremiah Kang’ombe, thanked NBM for the initiative saying it’s recognition of the best LUANAR’s students symbolizes the bank’s appreciation that university education is a critical component of human development worldwide.

“As an institution we are grateful for your support and we are proud to be associated with you. I hope that we shall continue counting on your support in future as we engage in many other activities,” he said.

Professor Kang’ombe urged other organisations both public and private sector to emulate from NMB to support activities that will improve quality of academic programmes at the University because the ultimate beneficiary of the students is the industry.

He went on to say that awards and prizes are important instruments for the recognition of the high levels of student’s achievements and also help shape the desired high positive behavior.

“I wish to assure you that the recognition and honour that the bank has traditionally accorded our students motivates them to work hard and aim higher to help in the development of the country,” said Professor Kang’ombe.

He further urged all students to aim high and achieve more saying the wards should act as a spur to greater effort and shape their focus in the future.

“Opportunities are there for you to achieve your potential. The only thing standing in your way is how much effort you are prepared to invest in your future and the desire you have to succeed. Undoubtedly, doing well in your studies is very important because in today’s competitive world, educational qualifications are the stepping stones towards building a successful career. I encourage you therefore to start taking your classroom work very seriously and prepare well for your examinations,” he added.

Each of the awardees received cash amounting to K362, 500 which has been raised from K250 000 in order to match the tuition fees. The four awardees were Lonjezo Folias studying Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics, Leonard Kumwenda, Bachelor of Science in Irrigation Engineering, Kingdom Simfukwe Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science and Romeo Fabiano, Bachelor of Science in Gender and Development. Apart from this, NBM pledged K4.5 million worth of computers to assist students in many ways in their pursuit of knowledge.