The Government of Liberia assures the University of Liberia of its readiness to solve the institution’s registration problem which led to protests by students last Friday on two campuses of the university and parts adjacent.
A UL press release says the assurance to digitize and automate the University’s entire registration system and provide resources to upgrade its ICT infrastructure to enable students and faculty perform regular academic functions digitally was made at an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia held Saturday afternoon, February 3, 2018, on the Capitol Hill campus.
The release says very high profile Government officials attended the Board meeting, including the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill; the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah Jr; the Legal Advisor to President George Weah, Counselor Archie Bernard and Minister of Education-designate, Prof. D. Ansu Sonii.
Conveying a special message from President Weah, who is Visitor to the University, Minister McGill notes that the President is seized of the situation which unfolded on the campus of the University of Liberia and promised to solve the registration difficulty UL students face as well as other challenges confronting the institution in the shortest possible time, consistent with the Government’s pro-poor agenda.
For his part, Finance and Development Planning Minister Tweah assures the UL Board that an immediate short-term solution is being sought to address the problem, while a more robust and comprehensive long-term solution that includes digitization, faculty development, attracting foreign professors, among others, will be developed along with the UL Administration.
He adds that the University of Liberia attracted a lot of first-rate professors and scholars from around the world while some of its colleges like the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine had an enviable reputation on the continent, adding, “the Weah-led Government, under its pro-poor agenda, will provide the requisite support to ensure that the University of Liberia becomes like any other university in the West.”
Meanwhile, UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks was reportedly scheduled to meet with student leaders from various campus-based organizations on Monday, February 5, on the University’s Fendall campus to brief them on the outcome of the Board meeting, as well as address other issues affecting the institution. Press Release