Accuses Board chair Varney Yengbeh of trying to micro-manage the BCCC
Describing it as a crisis that demands President George Weah’s intervention, the president of Bomi County Community College, (BCCC) Dr. Zobong Norman, has requested the chief executive to reconstitute the school’s Board of Trustees.
The current 13-man Board of Trustees, headed Mr. Varney A. Yengbeh, Jr., he said has refused to work along with his administration and distanced itself from the school.
Speaking at the 6th Commencement Convocation of the BCCC on March 28, held at the Tubmanburg City Hall in Bomi County, Dr. Norman craved the indulgence of his audience to deviate from his statement on the vision of the school.
“I am not supposed to be a crybaby,” he said with laughter, “but please allow me the chance to say what is on my mind that has been affecting the college.”
He said the progress of the school is being hampered because the Board of Trustees is determined to micro-manage (Micromanagement is a compulsive need to control every aspect of every employee’s function) his office which he has refused. He noted the board has not come up with any policy that should lead to the advancement of the college.
“The board of trustees has failed BCCC,” he told the large gathering. “I am making this appeal so that a solution can be found.” He, however, suggested that the only solution to the ‘crisis’ is the reconstitution of the college’s board of trustees.
Dr. Norman said the Board of Trustees’ unwillingness to cooperate with his administration got to the former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who invited representatives of the Board in the presence of chairman Yengbeh, along with his team to have found a workable solution.
“After President Sirleaf listened to both statements, she told Mr. Yengbeh that the role of the board is not to take over the functions of the president of the college,” Dr. Norman said. “The president told him to lead the board to work with my administration but he never did.”
He added, “The president even told him that the board should stop having meetings in Monrovia instead of at the college’s campus.”
Dr. Norman regretted that efforts by former Bomi Count Superintendent Samuel Brown and several others could not get the Board of Trustee’s chairman to agree to work together with his administration.
Among the 13-man Board of Trustees, only two (Rev. James A. Lablah, who was at the program and Cllr. Morris G. Saytumah) that have been cooperative with the administration, he said.
Other members of the Board of Trustees are Prof. D. Karfaleh Johnson, Cllr. J. Bima Lansanah, Mr. Armaso Bawn, Mr. Quincy Lymas, Mr. Miatta A. Monger, Mr. Anthony M. Kromah, Rev. Ellen Fartu G. Varfley, Mr. Ernest Kromah Gaei, and Mr. David M. Wiles.
In a telephone conversation with Board chair Yengbeh, he said he was going to a meeting and would return the call to offer his reaction but he did not. Nonetheless the following email was sent to him for a response “BCC Prezy said you have failed the college and wants Prez Weah to reconstitute the board. What is your reaction? He also said you refused to honor the college’s 6th convocation exercises.”
Meanwhile, the 6th Commencement Convocation exercises went successfully, with guest speaker, former Bomi County Superintendent Samuel F. Brown examining the importance of quality education as the basic component to Liberia’s development.
He called on the government to ensure that Liberians have access to quality education by providing attractive incentives and adequate salaries to teachers as well as support to enhancement programs.
He urged the graduates to remain focus and should not be satisfied with their achievement. He also decried what he described as the “insensitive behavior” of the BCCC’s Board of Trustees.
“Dr. Norman,” he said, “you have done great things for BCCC and the people of Bomi County and the students are happy with you.”
Those who graduated included 4 in agriculture, 22 in education, 11 in health sciences and 21 in TVET programs (7 in plumbing, 7 in carpentry and 7 in masonry).
The administration has meanwhile released a financial handbook, a procurement manual, administrative manual and a student handbook and has also developed a program that allows students to evaluate the performance of their instructors that are working well at the college.