The Vice President for Fiscal Affairs & Finance at the University of Liberia, Prof WilsonTarpeh has resigned his post at the university. It takes effect March 7.
However, he said, “I remain a faculty in my academic home, the College of Business & Public Administration.”
In his letter to UL president Dr. Emmett Dennis, Prof Wilson said, “ My decision to quit is triggered by government’s unwillingness to release much needed funding to the Business & Finance Office (BFO) to enable the university to begin preparing for the reopening of the academic school year, despite the satisfactory submission providing of the required accountability reports.
He went on: “… since the submissions and subsequent discussions with the relevant authorities including the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning, there has been NO indication of any wrongdoing or otherwise. Therefore, to condition additional funding to the University on my departure is not only unfair, unwarranted, and callous but also potentially dangerous to my personal security.
“The only thing to which I can attribute this injurious act is my association with an opposition political party; a fact confirmed by authoritative sources,
“ he said. Prof
Tarpeh led the campaign that led Amb. Weah to the Liberian Senate during the special election.
“The education of our young people, which is being adversely affected by the lack of funding, and the interest of the university are more important than me. I have therefore, concluded that best that I step down instead of holding the university, its 35,000 students, and 1,500 employees hostage because of politics. I am also resigning to protect my hard-earned reputation from further willful, calculated and baseless attacks, he pointed out.