UL Alumni Assoc. Concerned About Crisis…Calls For Immediate Investigation

The Alumni Association of the University of Liberia says that its attention has been drawn with dismay about the ongoing stalemate at the University of Liberia which has prolonged the opening of the University and paralyzing its activities.   In a press release issued last Friday, the association said, it continues to observe with utmost dissatisfaction; the chain of events unfolding at the University of Liberia and that it has been following with serious sadness the continuous closure of the University which has affected over 33,000 students

Accordingly, the association has called for an immediate investigation of the recent violence on the campuses of the University of Liberia and that the university authority should quickly address those concerns and demands proffered by both the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) and the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU).

The alumni association pointed out that the persistent tension that this matter has generated and for which has now been heightened by students’ protests which sometime become violent, does not augur well for the atmosphere of academic freedom, peace and security that Liberia needs in order to successfully pursue her Agenda for Transformation.

“It is our opinion that if nothing is being done to speedily resolve the on-going crisis at the flagship state University of Liberia, the situation will further exacerbate and degenerate into a major crisis, and such could be a serious threat to the fragile peace the people of Liberia now enjoy and for which this government has worked so hard to achieve, the association said. SEE BELOW FOR FULL TEXT OF PRESS STATEMENT

The attention of the University of Liberia Alumni Association is drawn with dismay about the ongoing stalemate at the University of Liberia which has prolonged the opening of the University and paralyzing its activities.

We continue to observe with utmost dissatisfaction, the chain of events unfolding at the University of Liberia. The Alumni Association has been following with serious sadness the continuous closure of the University which has affected over 33,000 students and would like to re-emphasize our call for an immediate investigation of the recent violence on the campuses of the University of Liberia and that the University Authority should quickly address those concerns and demands proffered by both the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) and the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU).

The persistent tension that this matter has generated and for which has now been heightened by students’ protests which sometime become violent, does not augur well for the atmosphere of academic freedom, peace and security that Liberia needs in order to successfully pursue her Agenda for Transformation. It is our opinion that if nothing is being done to speedily resolve the on-going crisis at the flagship state University of Liberia, the situation will further exacerbate and degenerate into a major crisis, and such could be a serious threat to the fragile peace the people of Liberia now enjoy and for which this government has worked so hard to achieve,

The Alumni Association unequivocally condemns all acts of violence at the university and the alleged ransacking of Dr. Wade Elliott-Brownell’s home by unscrupulous individuals in the wake of the violent protests. However, we remain resolute in our call for an immediate investigation in such barbaric act. At the same time, the flagship state University of Liberia Alumni Association is shocked and saddened by Dr. Wade Elliott-Brownell’s recent assertion that the University of Liberia is an “Intellectual Criminal Den”. The Alumni Association wonders when Dr. Brownell realized that the university was a criminal enterprise. The Alumni Association finds the statement of the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost as unfortunate, disappointing, totally regrettable and a hasty generalization only intended to bring the high earned reputation of the University into public disrepute. The Association further calls on the public not to give credence to such an irresponsible statement.

The Alumni Association wants to inform the public that the association has since been closely and diligently working with the University of Liberia Administration, the Board of Trustees and all parties involved in the on-going crisis at the University and will continue to do so for the immediate reopening of the University of Liberia.

The University of Liberia Alumni Association wants to reiterate her call to all parties involved to remain calm and advises the Independent Mediation-Investigation Committee set up by the University Board of Trustees to expedite the investigation of the stalemate. The Alumni Association is also appealing to the University of Liberia Faculty Association, University of Liberia Student Union and Dr. Wade Elliott Brownell to fully cooperate with the investigative panel. We are henceforth appealing to the Faculty Association of the University of Liberia to resume instructional activities for the sake of the students and the interest of the nation as a way of buttressing the human resource development of our country pending the outcome of the investigation.

At the same time, the Alumni Association is admonishing all students to stay away from any form of protests as frantic efforts are being made to resolve the crisis, so that they will return to classes in the shortest possible time.

LUX IN TENEBRIS is our common denominator, so let’s protect it!

Signed: Ernest B. Waylee

SECRETARY GENERAL

Approved: James S. Davis, II

PRESIDENT

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