The decision, which was taken at a general assembly – highest decision making body of ULFA, comes on the heel of a recent Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) signed between the Association and the Administration of the UL following the intervention of President George Manneh Weah, who ordered the Minister of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning(MFDP), Samuel D. Tweah and the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to lead the negotiation. President is also the visitor to the UL.
However, despite agreeing to return for full operations, ULFA President Dr. Edna Johnny, intoned that they (faculty members) are going to hold the Liberian leader squarely responsible if the MOU fails to materialize simply because the conditions set forth are not met as promised by the government and the UL administration.
“We are going to hold President Weah accountable for the failure of this through Ministry of Finance Development Planning, because he initiated this agreement. Mr. President, we trusted you that’s why we entered this agreement so any failure of it is going to be upon your shoulder,” stated the ULFA head.
“As I said and I repeat, we are going to hold him accountable for everything in here. We are going to raise the red flag if the administration is reneging on any part of the agreement as they are tied by timeline,” she asserted.
She then urged the faculty members to see reasons to return to the classrooms as the document (MOU) seems promising for them all.
“I want to call on you, please return to the classrooms. But when we see issues as agreed upon are not working, call us to attention and we are going to call signatories to this document. Administration will no longer treat us as business as usual. This is an ULFA of men and women. This leadership cannot be taken for granted. All of these issues will be addressed so please return to your classes comes Friday, October 8, 2021,” she further asserted.
“We are going to hold Administration responsible for the failure to adhere to it. The Liberia Council of Churches and the Peacebuilding Office were some of the mediators in these processes, and so we are going to call upon them if things are not working,” she added.
Following lengthy discussions of all the 21-count issues laid down in the MOU, a motion was filed by one of the faculty members s for a vote to be taken for the resumption of regular academic activities.
The motion, having been seconded, the faculty members cast a unanimous vote for the resumption of classes.
Mr. Eric Patten, Director for Press and Publicity of ULFA, said the decision to return to the classrooms was in the right direction.
While agreeing to return to classes, Patten cautioned the UL Administration and the Government of Liberia to live up to the conditions signed up to in the MOU, as failure to so could lead the faculty to revert to similar action.
“Our part of the responsibility was to return to classes, and now that we have agreed to do so, the Administration needs to play its part. We are going to be watching through the timeline,” he indicated.