The William V. S. Tubman University (TU) in Harper, Maryland County for the past few days have been in darkness owing to the breakdown of its generators. The institution is also experiencing transportation problem because many of its vehicles are wrecked.
Sources told THE INQUIRER over the weekend that the two main generators have been down for days, thus making learning very difficult for students who attend in the evening.
They said that the situation on the campus is causing many of its staffers, many of whom are foreign nationals to be despondent, as they are very ‘apprehensive’ of the present situation.
“As I speak to you, the entire campus is in darkness,” one source hinted this paper,” and pointed out that if the present situation is not resolved, this may cause the departure of some of the foreign staffers.
On the issue of the vehicles, our sources said that the buses that commute students on campus have not been in service and because of that, students have to walk to school.
A faculty member that spoke to this paper said that there is a need for government to look into the budget of the school to help solve problems facing the school. The faculty member expressed fear that if nothing is done, this would seriously affect the operation of the school.
When contacted yesterday via phone, the president of the University, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell; confirmed the situation on the campus, but said that efforts are being made to find a solution to them. She attributed this to the lack of spare parts. “It is not easy to find spare parts; the parts are not easily accessible,” she added.
On claim that the budget was inadequate to run the institution, the president cautiously said,“ We have made our budget presentation; the government can only give what it has.”
For the vehicles, TU president disclosed that contacts were made in Ivory Coast, but to no avail, stating that they have now been told that they can find some of the spare parts in Ghana.
Also speaking to this paper, the vice president for Institutional Advancement, Rev. Rita Townsend described the situation as “unfortunate.”
She went on; “No one is happy over this situation; some of you need to come to see physically what we are going through in rural Liberia.”
She cited the absence of spare parts and that skilled manpower was also responsible for this, adding, “The spare parts are not readily available as they are in Monrovia; they are just not here; not available here.”
However, Rev. Townsend, who is also in charge of university relations, said some parts have been acquired to help restore electricity. “It is an unfortunate circumstance that the generators are down during the holiday,” she lamented.
She said the institution needs more support to cope with the growing number of students and needs to keep it operational in fulfilling its objective and goal. She said enrollment has jumped from 287 to about 1000 students, including those in its “access to college” program.