Acting Information Minister Atty: Isaac Jackson Jr. has sharply reacted to Prof. Wilson Tarpeh’s statement made over the weekend that the government’s unwillingness to release much needed funding to the university is because of his presence as vice president for fiscal affairs.
Speaking at the press conference yesterday at the Information of Ministry, Minister Jackson disclosed that at no time did President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf refused to give money to the University of Liberia and that the information provided to the general public by Prof. Tarpeh is false and unbelievable.
“Why will President Sirleaf want to punish the entire university because of a single person? That is falsehood and I call on the UL Prof.Tarpeh to desist from such act,” Minister Jackson said.
He added that Prof.Tarpeh should not use that as a scapegoat and should stop escaping from his deeds.
Minister Jackson explained that there are many oppositions working in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government and she does not hate any of them but why will she hate Prof. Tarpeh?
In his letter of resignation to the president of the university, Dr. Emmett Dennis, Prof. Tarpeh said, “My decision to quit is triggered by government’s unwillingness to release much needed funding to the Business and Finance Office (BFO) to enable the university to begin preparing for reopening of the academic school year.”
He went on: “Since the submission and subsequent discussions with relevant authorities including the Ministry of Finance and 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 Senatorial 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 hardened reputation from further willful, calculated and baseless attacks, “he pointed out.