TU, Liberia’s Best Kept Secret: Rubber Products to be Manufactured in Harper

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The President of the William V.S. Tubman University says her institution has designed a project that will lead to the production of finished products from one of Liberia’s natural

resources—Rubber. Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell disclosed that the Rubber Science Technology Institute of Tubman University (TU) will build a latex manufacturing plant in Harper, Maryland County, to turn raw materials into finished products.

The $13million project will provide at least 350 middle class jobs in addition to numerous employment opportunities for locals of Harper and students of the university. Rubber gloves and condoms are two products that have been identified, according to Dr. Davis-Russell, to be produced at the plant. 

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Information Minister Lewis G. Brown II on TU campus in Harper, Maryland County, the President of the university indicated that the manufacturing plant project is a demonstration of TU’s commitment to creating job opportunity for their graduates while teaching them the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and creative thinking as a way of helping them become masters of their own destinies.

Dr. Davis-Russell added that her team has worked on the design of the manufacturing project for the past two years but funds are not yet available to kick-start such a crucial initiative. “The program is at this point now where we are looking for investors and we need only a fraction of what’s needed. It is a 13 million dollars project but we’re looking for 4 million.” She noted.

Stating that the Latex Manufacturing Plant will change the national narrative in critical sectors, she lampooned the fact that Liberia currently exports its raw materials and imports the finished products. Dr. Davis-Russell. “What this plant will do will be to create finished products out of one of our natural resources. Because currently, we ship the latex out of the country, then people make products abroad, bring them back and sell them to us. What we like to do is to say lets create some products here, in Liberia, right here in Harper, Maryland County.”

The William V. S. Tubman University (TU) is a public institution of higher education located in Harper, Maryland County, Republic of Liberia. Established in 1978 as a technical college (William V. S. Tubman College of Technology), the school attained university status in 2009. TU will perform its first graduation ceremony on June 17, 2014. H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Visitor to the university, is expected to deliver the Keynote Address to a class of 80 persons.