In the wake of a reported increment in the fees of credit hours at the state-run University of Liberia, students of that institution have threatened to shut down the National Legislature and the doors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the fees are increased.
Appearing on Truth FM Breakfast Show yesterday, the leadership of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), represented by Mr. Martin Kollie and Alvin Wesseh, the students said any attempt to increase the fees from the previous fees of L$175 to US$5.00 will be resisted by the student body of the state-run university.
Mr. Kollie and Wesseh added that the reported increment in the fees of credit hours from L$175.00 to US$5.00 was done arbitrarily by the Dennis administration as the students were never consulted or informed of the decision by authorities of the University of Liberia.
They said if the Emmett Dennis administration insists to increase the fees, they (students) will have no other alternative but to march on the Capitol Building and shut down activities of the Legislature and also close the doors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the temporary office of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
According to the leadership of ULSU, there is no reason to increase the fees of credit hours when in fact the institution has nothing to boast of as equipment to provide smooth learning environment for the over 35,000 students attending the nation’s higher institution of learning.
The students’ representatives added that there are no modern equipment in the UL library and the laboratory, something that is impeding smooth learning atmosphere at the government-funded institution. The students then wondered how the Dennis’s administration should increase the fees of credit hours if the institution has a budget of US$15 million to run the institution.
Thought the ULSU leadership failed to tell the public by what means they are going to shut down the National Legislature, when quizzed as to whether they will use violence, Alvin and Martin said they will not use any violent means to shut down the Legislature but will march on the ground of the Capitol Building and shut down the Legislature and then move to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and do the same if the UL administration insists to increase the fees.
At the same time, ULSU is calling on students of the University of Liberia not to cooperate with the administration in the increment of the fees of credit hours. They said ULSU will continue to advocate for students at the university and ensure that their concerns are adequately addressed.
Recent report suggests that the UL administration has increased the fees of credit hours from L$175 to US$5.00, something that is seriously likely to ferment chaos to be perpetrated by the students of the University of Liberia.