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UL sets new date for reopening

The Administration of the University of Liberia (UL) has announced a new date for the resumption of classes to allow engineers and technicians to complete phase one of renovation works taking place on the Capitol Hill and Fendall campuses.

Announcing the decision at a major press conference Thursday, 2 June 2022, the President of the University of Liberia Prof. Dr. Julius Julukon Sarwolo Nelson, Jr., told journalists that based on consultations with engineers and technicians, the new date set to resume classes is Monday, 27 June 2022.

Based on consultations with engineers and technicians, especially given the extent of the work yet completed, an additional three weeks is needed to complete the first phase of the renovation,” President Nelson said.

“Therefore, I regret to announce that the June 6 date scheduled for the resumption of classes is not possible. A new date of Monday, June 27, 2022, is now set for the resumption of classes at the University of Liberia,” Dr. Nelson declared at the press conference on the UL Capitol Hill campus.

He informed journalists that when the estimate was done for the renovation of the four campuses, the conclusion was US$4.7m was needed for the entire work with the understanding that the renovation will go over a period of two to three years.

To jump-start the exercise, he said the University of Liberia received US$375,000 for phase one.

In the budget process for 2022, he said the Government of Liberia has informed the University that it will give US$1m in 2022 for the renovation exercise, keeping in mind that all the renovation will not be completed in 2022.

Out of the one million, he said UL has received 375,000. 

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A look at the Firestone building on the main campus

Following consultations on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 with the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Mr. Nathaniel McGill, and the Minister of Finance for Development Planning, Mr. Samuel D. Tweah, Dr. Nelson said UL is informed that by next week Wednesday, it will receive the balance of the US$1m to accelerate the work.

Regarding what has been done so far, Dr. Nelson said the first phase covers key facilities at the UL Capitol Hill campus, including the rehabilitation of restrooms, drilling of boreholes and the erection of water towers for the supply of water in various restrooms, and various plumbing works.

He said buildings on Capitol Hill that have been affected include the Firestone Quadrangle (FQ Building), the Tubman Hall, Robert Hall, the Samuel Greenleaf Hall, and the Elizabeth Tubman Hall (GD Building).

He detailed that renovation work has been completed on the FQ Building, which houses eleven classrooms, thirteen offices and three restrooms, including a restroom for males and females, as well as staff, and each restroom has four compartments.

Additionally, Dr. Nelson said in the UL Park, close to the Tubman Monument, the hardworking team drilled nearly 350 feet below sea water and struck water gouging in usable content and quantity. 

“A water tower would be erected to store water for onward distribution to various buildings on the Capitol Hill campus,” said President Nelson.

He explained that some members of UL faculty, eager to return to classes to do what they know best, have been asking this question as to when school will open. 

“Our students are equally anxious to return to classes after a period of being away—without whom our campuses are dormant and a place of great boredom and want to know whether they will return on June 6.” But he said he is confident of the new date set, 27 June 2022 for the resumption of classes.

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