House summons Lofa College president
By Bridgett Milton
The full plenary of the House of Representatives has instructed the president of the Lofa County Community College (LCCC) to subject himself to its committee on Education in two weeks.
The plenary took the decision this week following the appearance of the college’s president, Dr. Samuel K. Ngaima and the Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu Sonii at the House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives last Thursday summoned Dr. Ngaima and the Minister of Education Prof. Sonii to appear before its Plenary to address a series of complaints from the Community College’s faculty and the students.
The decision to summon the LCCC president and the Education Minister was based on a communication filed by Lofa County District #4 Representative, Mariamu B. Fofana.
According to Rep. Fofana, upon receiving numerous complaints from faculty and students from Lofa County Community College, and following efforts made by different stakeholders in the county, the Committee on Education decided to invite Dr. Ngaima on Thursday, 3 February 2022 to look into the concerns raised by the faculty members and students.
She said the Committee requested submission of a detailed report on all financial transactions for the past two academic years, records on the current employees, records of enrollment, records of remittance from Government, records on fees collections from students and copy of assessment report on the status of the college.
But Representative Fofana said the college president refused to submit said documents.
Fofana added that the Committee requested the documents so as to help in taking decisions that will bring to an end the crisis at the college.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ngaima told the full plenary Thursday that he never meant to disrespect the committee, saying it took him time to go to Lofa and gather all the documents the committee was requesting for.
He said he was sorry for not coming to the call of the committee.
Also Speaking, Montserrado County District #16 Representative Dixon Seboe said members of the executive on several occasions are in the habit of disrespecting the Legislature only to come and say sorry.
Seboe said the LCCC president’s apology was below the belt.