By Omari Jackson
The 5th Commencement Convocation of the Bomi Community College (BCC), held at the Tubmanburg Town Hall last Tuesday, was ignored by the Bomi County Legislative Caucus and the college’s Board of Trustees.
Introducing the guest speaker, Minister Boima S. Kamara, Mrs. Josephine Snorton, after welcoming the faculty, quipped: “and the imaginary Board of Trustees,” who were obviously absent.
Confirming their absence, BCC president Dr. Zobong Norman confessed that the past 14 months as head of the institution had not been easy.
“The usual Bomi County politics has been one of our greatest obstacles. The use of misinformation and non-cooperation as weapons to tear down or undermine positive developments at the college has clearly been visible,” he said.
He noted that such “crab mentality” does not help the college or the county. “It hurts us deeply.”
Dr. Norman said “it is time for all of us to support the county administration to move the development process forward. Time for talk, talk is over and it’s action time.”
Sources at the college told journalists that the Board of Trustees has not visited the college campus since the new administration took over 14 months ago.
“How will the members be able to provide policy for an institution that they have not visited since the new administration came to power?” a student asked.
Meanwhile, it was alleged that the Bomi Legislative Caucus has not visited the school’s campus and has not shown any interest in ensuring that the college succeeds in its current endeavors.
Members of the Board of Trustees, according the Souvenir Program, are Rev. Fr. Gareth Jenkins, A. Quyincy Lymas, Prof. D. Karfaleh Johnson, Cllr. Morris G. Saytumah and Cllr. J. Bima Lansanah.
Others are Rev. James A. Labah, Armaso Bawn, Mrs. Miatta A. Monger, Anthony M. Konneh, Rev. Ellen Fartu G. Varfley, David M. Wiles, Ernest Kromah Gaie, Dr. Zobong Norman as secretary and Varney A. Yengbeh Jr., as chairman.
Bomi College sources said the Board of Trustees and the Bomi County Legislative Caucus were informed about the 5th Commencement Convocation from its inception.
There was no official explanation why any member of the Board of Trustees and the Legislative Caucus did not attend the program.
Finance Minister Kamara later said, “I call on the Board of Trustees at the BCC to work hand-in-hand with the Administration to improve the quality of learning at this institution and we stand with you shoulder-to-shoulder.
“The Board of Trustees at community colleges should work with school administrators in developing strategic plans that will lead to quality learning of those who pass through their institutions,” he admonished.
Minister Kamara said access to education is a right accorded every Liberian; and with the government’s determination to provide such a platform, it is the responsibility of stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees, to make that happen.