Being the biggest ever, Minister Tweah bragged that the budget is set to fix a lot of things – concrete things that have been embarrassing to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)- led Government over the years, even though some of those things predated the inception of the current government.
According to him, the government will basically be focusing or looking at game changing programs for the country and its people.
He made the disclosure at the weekend at ceremony marking the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) between the Administration of the University of Liberia (UL) and the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) held at the Ministry of Education at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town on the outskirt of Monrovia.
“This is certainly going to be the biggest. We are going to fix a lot of things. We are going to fix concrete things that have been embarrassing our government over the years. We are going to be looking at game changing programs for the Republic of Liberia,” Minister Tweah disclosed.
The MOU is geared towards ensuring that government lives up to the demands of the faculty members, while the members on the other hand, see reason to return to classes.
The intervention that led to the signing of the MOU was an outcome of direct instruction from President George Manneh Weah, who is also the Visitor to the University.
The MOU was signed by the President of the UL, Rev. Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson and ULFA President, Dr. Edna Johnny and attested by MFDP Minister Tweah.
With the signing of the MOU, classes are now set to resume at the state-run University of Liberia (UL) beginning Friday, October 8, 2021.
According to Minister Tweah, UL will be highly prioritized in what is expected to be the biggest budget ever as the country transcends from fiscal year to a calendar budget in January of 2022.
Minister Samuel Tweah also thanked ULFA for its patriotic role to sign unto an agreement that grew through the intervention and mandate of the Liberian leader.
“No teacher lays chalks down because they want to do so. They do so because they have an issue, and no serious government will take the concern of teachers and professors so lightly. The President apologies to you,” he told the faculty.
“We stand with you as a government and as a people. We need to find a framework to solve our problems. You are providing the highest level of education for our country. You are cardinal to the development of this country. We are charting a way forward so that our problems are resolved. This is the beginning of series of transformation that will happen at the UL,” he furthered.
The MFDP boss then called on the UL administration and the faculty to live up to the terms and conditions stipulated within in the agreement, adding that central government will play its role in that regard.
Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr. Johnny urged members of the faculty to gear up for the resumption of classes.
She expressed hope that the document will address the perennial problems that have plagued the University many years or decades back, which led to the current strike action by members of ULFA and the subsequent suspension of classes at the University.
“We disengage because we had problems that have been unresolved. Now, we have resolved and we are going to go back to classes on the 8th of October, same being next Friday. We will inform our colleagues about this decision. We will go back to classes to help build our nation through the Pro-Poor agenda,” she stated.
UL President Dr. Nelson joyfully lauded the faculty members for seeing reasons to rescind their decision to return to the classroom.
“We are happy that in the midst of consultations we have reached a point to agree on one point. This is a wonderful celebrative moment,” the UL President noted.
He committed UL Administration’s desire to work with ULFA through its leadership to make UL second to none within the Mano River Basin, West Africa sub region and the continent at large.
“Let's work together with the faculty, students and administration to make it the best across West Africa and Africa. Together we can achieve this dream,” he added.
In remarks, Education Minister D. Ansu Sonie described the agreement as a “win-win” package for all.
“We can't leave from here without solution. Let’s find solution as a people, as on the broader skill, solutions of this country must be found by all. This is in the interest of all; the students, faculty and even parents. We cannot waste time as it cannot be replenished when lost. This is time for solution as it marks the birthday of our President, Dr. George Manneh Weah,” indicated the Education Minister.