Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has told students of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) to prepare themselves to lead, in line with ethics and better education.Minister Samukai gave the admonition to the students during the induction of student leaders of senior and freshman classes of the university.He said graduating and holding a degree is not enough to get one to be trusted with leadership, but how a person manifests those traits that give people a sense of trust in that person.He told the students that becoming what others have become will begin from the day an individual enrolls in school where such individual will defend his or her capability by sharing logical opinions about issues affecting society.Samukai believes that one who wishes to be a leader will be concerned about his or her surroundings, participate in everything involving the community, and carefully listen to know the facts about the unfolding issues.“Don’t be afraid to share your opinion and do not graduate and hold a degree that you cannot defend. Show out to others what is in you that can make them trust you with leadership,” Minister Samukai told the students.The outspoken Defense Minister said those wishing to assume leadership in institutions or the country must adequately prepare themselves to be on top of the top of issues, noting that honesty, accountability and responsibility are some core values one needs to have before pursing leadership.“Have faith about preparing yourself to provide the leadership the country needs. Be trustworthy and accept responsibility for what you do,” he urged.Furthermore, Minister Samukai informed the students that popularity is a deceptive fame to rely upon, adding, “Popularity only carries a person up the ladder when the individual is able to deliver what the people need.” He cited an instance when because of his popularity in school he contested a student leadership position but was beaten by his opponent who was more academically prepared.He cautioned the students to be mindful as election approaches to elect people not because they have big names, but to evaluate them on the basis of their deliverables before casting their votes for them.The student leadership induction was performed by Ambassador Nathaniel Barnes, a politician and member of the Board of Trustees of the university.Those inducted at the level of the senior class leadership include the president, Andrew G. Kamara, Varmah Bobby Gray vice president, Cyrus J. Williams, secretary, Tarlee Feawoe, financial secretary, and Fatu C. Johnson treasurer.The Freshman class elected officials include the president, James Kollie, Nyundy R. Greaves, vice president, J. Emmanuel Kpleh, secretary, Emmanuel Wleh Dixon, Chaplain and Georenita Barolle, treasurer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nearly 20,000 Antelope Valley residents work in local aerospace industry jobs — some 11,200 at Edwards Air Force Base, with others at Mojave Airport and Air Force Plant 42. An additional 40,000 or so hold other jobs around the Antelope Valley in schools, hospitals, stores, government offices or in newer industries that have moved in, seeking affordable land and available workers. More than 50,000 commute daily between the Antelope Valley and jobs in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles or elsewhere. Antelope Valley businesses last year added nearly 8,900 jobs. Here are some of the Antelope Valley’s top private employers. Lockheed Martin: 3,900 employees make parts for the F-22 fighter, modify C-130 transports, overhaul F-117 stealth fighters and U-2 spy planes and conduct other duties, some top secret. Los Angeles County: 3,600 work in county offices in the Antelope Valley. Northrop Grumman: 2,300 workers assemble parts of the F-35 joint strike fighter and Global Hawk robot spy planes and do modifications to B-2 stealth bombers. Antelope Valley Hospital: 2,200 people work in the landmark medical center. Antelope Valley Union High School District: 2,100 employees serve the region’s ninth- through 12th-graders and their parents. Wal-Mart: 2,000 people work in four Antelope Valley stores. Palmdale School District: 1,800 people work as administrators, teachers and support staff. Lancaster School District: 1,500 employees work in the K-8 schools. California State Prison-Los Angeles County: 1,300 administrators, guards and support staff run the prison. Countrywide Home Loans: 1,000 people work in the loan-servicing center that opened in 2003. U.S. Borax: Almost 800 employees mine borates in a 650-foot-deep open-pit mine that is one of the world’s largest. They also work in the neighboring refinery. Boeing: 750 employees work on aircraft and space projects in Palmdale and at Edwards Air Force Base. Rite Aid: About 700 employees staff a million-square-foot distribution center big enough to cover 19 football fields. The center opened in 1999 and supplies more than 400 stores in three states. Federal Aviation Administration: 500 people work at Palmdale’s flight control center, managing all aircraft coming in to Southern California airports Lance Camper: 300 people build truck campers at a plant that opened in Lancaster in 1997. Anderson-Barrows: 350 workers manufacture pipes and fittings. Deluxe Corp.: More than 350 people work printing checks and other financial instruments. U.S. Pole: 300 people manufacture streetlight poles.