Weah Dismisses UL President - -Makes Additional Appointments In Gov’t

Weah Dismisses UL President - -Makes Additional Appointments In Gov’t

President Dr. George Manneh Weah, who is also the Visitor to the University of Liberia(UL), has dismissed the President of the UL, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks. She was the UL’s 14th president, and the second female to lead the institution since it was founded in 1951.
The UL is the highest institution of learning in the country.

According to an Executive Mansion press release issued in Monrovia, President Weah named Dr. Julius Sawolo Nelson as her replacement. The dismissal of Dr. Weeks came in the wake of threat by members of the UL Faculty to lay down their chalk in the demand of the payment of their delayed salary.

But the Administration of the UL appealed to the faculty members to return to their classes as the institution has begun the disbursement of their September salary. It can be recalled that recently, scores of faculty members left their classes due to delay in salary payment and threatened not to return to their classes until they receive their full salary for the month of September. 

According to a statement posted on the University’s official Facebook page on Thursday, October 17, 2019, the institution acknowledged the decision taken by  the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) to disengage its services due to salary delay, but added that this decision does have the propensity to stall the academic progress at the University. 

With the economic constraints currently in the country, the University has been fortunate to have received salary payments for September, the Administration said, noting that payroll for October has already been submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) for processing and subsequent payment on time.  

The Administration, Board of Trustees, and the People of Liberia value the contributions of the Faculty in molding the minds of the younger generation, as well as the immense sacrifices associated with their efforts, the university statement explained.  

It said in consideration of the difficult times and emotions that exist in the country, largely due to economic challenges, the Administration, therefore, deemed it expedient to call for an exercise of restraint by the faculty.

The Administration will continue to be in constant communication and engagement with the Government of Liberia, to ensure that salaries are paid on a timely basis, adding that the professionalism of the instructors is highly appreciated and respected, and is sincerely committed to seeking their welfare at all times, the statement mentioned.

Meanwhile, President Weah has made additional appointments in government affecting ministries, agencies and commissions. The appointments,the Executive Mansion release disclosed, take immediate effect, though subject to confirmation by the Senate, where applicable.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Edwin Juah, is named as Assistant Minister/European Affairs

Ministry of Internal Affairs: Esiaka Sheriff Assistant Minister for Research, Planning and Development

Ministry of Mines and Energy: George Gontor, Deputy Minister/Energy, William T. Thompson II, Assistant Minister for Energy.

Ministry of Agriculture: Dr. George T. Forpoh Jr. Deputy Minister/Regional Development, Research and Extension.

Ministry of National Defense: Tarplah Davies, Deputy Minister for Operations.

Ministry of Post and Telecommunication: Varney Okai, Deputy Minister for Operations.

Ministry of Public Works: Macarthur Hilton, Assistant Minister for Rural Development.

Civil Law Court: Cllr. J Kennedy Peabody, Resident judge Sixth judicial circuit replacing Associate justice Yusif Kaba.

Liberian Embassy in Washington DC: Al Jerome Chede, Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs.

Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission: Cllr. NbuduisNwabudike Chairman, KanioBaiGbala vice chairperson, Charles Gibson Commissioner.

LIBTELCO/Board: George Howe Member, Chicago Bright Member, Cllr. Alexandra Zoe Member.

Civil Service Agency: Teetee Pailey, Deputy Director General for Administration.

Rural Renewable Energy: Joseph T. Williams, Executive Director,

Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment: Mariama M. Koon, Deputy Executive Director.

Liberia Medicine and Health Products Regulatory Authority: KeturahChupee Smith, Executive Director. Center for National Documents and Record Agency: Emmanuel Lomax Director General.

National Food Assistance Agency: C. NeilehDaitauoh Director.

National Housing Authority: Henry Clarke Deputy Managing Director/Operations.

Mittal Operating Company Board Representative to the Board: Dr. GonsahnMatardy, Member.

Liberia Electrical Corporation (LEC) Board: Cllr. Charles Gibson, Chairman.

National Oil Company of Liberia Board: Richard B. Devine, Chairman.

Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company: Randolph Cooper, Chairman.

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