Ben Phiri urges Islamic university alumni  to utilize education to transform Malawi: Donates K1 million

Malawians who attain college and university education should be in the forefront in effecting social changes in their respective communities if the nation is to gain from their academic endeavour, according to senior member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Dr Ben Phiri.

Phiri with alumni of Islamic University

Phiri with alumni of Islamic University

Phiri(right) with alumni of the Islamic University

Phiri(right) with alumni of the Islamic University

Dr Ben Phiri speaking at the Ramadan convention for Islamic university students

Dr Ben Phiri speaking at the Ramadan convention for Islamic university students

Phiri said this  during the thirs  Ramadhan Convention for Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) Alumni in Zomba on Saturday.

The long serving aide of President Peter Mutharika,  who was guest of honour at the event, centred his address on how academic excellence must translate to tangible development in transforming livelihoods.

“The world suffers from various diseases of all sorts both physical and of the mind.  All these lead to social injustices thereby affecting humanity. However,  even in the midst of such setbacks our academic achievements should suffice to offer lasting solutions. The world needs our energy,” he said.

Phiri,  an academic achiever himself with a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Management, likened the aforementioned energies to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) whose impact has lived on for many generations.

“If the Prophet himself had not pushed on with his vision from the Almighty Allah, then things could have been different.

“Despite setbacks Prophet Muhammad knew that to achieve the vision he had to remain focused and true to his principles. The best way to honour your university accolades is by pressing on with your vision to transform society,” he said.

Dr Phiri also observed that for Malawi to develop there is need for mindset change especially on subsidies and welfare programs.

“Just because we are used to receiving subsidized services  from government we have come to think that things should remain that way for generations. We cannot develop well as a nation with this tendency.

“ For instance, it is interesting how people who can manage paying fees in millions at private hospitals become jittery when asked to pay a little something upon being referred to public hospitals by private doctors,” he noted while emphasizing that too many government subsidies will only make Malawi more poorer.

As a way of  boosting the activities of IUIU Alumni, Phiri gave the group a gift of K1 million.

Speaking earlier, Chairperson of the Alumni grouping, William Ishmael Lapukeni, said the purpose of the discussions at the convention is to discuss social and economic aspects of life affecting the Muslim community in the country.

He added that on top of diagnosing the challenges the group come up with interventions that can ably address the issues in a timely manner as possible.

This year’s theme for the convention was “Transforming the Muslim Vision towards Social Economic Development”.

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Apoche
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Apoche
2 months 29 days ago

I like you Ben. You are such an awesome person

Mmalawi sazatheka
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Mmalawi sazatheka
2 months 29 days ago
@ Winston Nsowoya….what it wrong with you. what is wrong with establishing an Islamic university in Malawi. does it mean that it will enroll muslim student only. y do we hav muslim students at catholic university?. is it wrong? by the way did Muhammad tell you that he is in competition with Jesus. who told you that Malawi is a Christian Nation? why do you want to divide Malawians over religious issues? is it becoz u r a tumbuka? why don’t u stick to ur religion and work hard to develop Malawi? do u think that comment will make muslims… Read more »
Judge judy
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Judge judy
2 months 30 days ago

Nyasi nyasi zenizeni. Ben phiri akakhale academic achiever. so he fancies himself a president like his boss apm. limbikira m’bale wanga in a failed state like Malawi you can make it and become preside one day. wait it seems Malawi isn’t. The only failed state around – look at the British who just brexited and the Americans who are about to put a Ben phiri of their own in the white house in the name of Donald Trump. today’s world just loves mediocrity

chodziwadziwa Bsc (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon)
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chodziwadziwa Bsc (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon)
3 months 1 day ago

Doctorates of today! There is need to remind us the institutions where you read or studied and bestowed such monikers and accolades. Academic credentials and accolades are EARNED not bought!!!

Ngwira Khonje
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Ngwira Khonje
3 months 1 day ago

Dr Ben Phiri continue with your good work

Mzumara
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Mzumara
3 months 1 day ago

We adore you Dr BP keep it up

Mzomera
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Mzomera
3 months 1 day ago

Let’s us Dr Ben Phiri, this is what leadership means thanks for visiting our school

Msambizi
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Msambizi
3 months 1 day ago

Congratulations are in order Dr Ben Phiri and thanks alot

Nkhonjera
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Nkhonjera
3 months 1 day ago

Dr Ben Phiri thanks a lot

Goowokeleni Mkandawire
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Goowokeleni Mkandawire
3 months 1 day ago

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you. Dr. Ben Phiri is a such a wonderful individuals with full of wisdom

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