The committee investigating the president of the Bomi County Community College (BCCC), Samuel Momweh, has described his academic credentials as ‘questionable.’
Dr. Momweh claimed he acquired a doctorate degree from a university in the United States prior to obtaining the job.
The National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) had accused Dr. Momweh of presenting fake credentials in a bid to get the job— which he now occupies— and therefore, set up an investigative committee.
The investigative committee, chaired by Bomi County Education Officer, Seo Davis, reported that its probe found the BCCC president liable and recommended that the NCHE take appropriate action against Mr. Momweh in keeping with government’s education policy.
The committee in its report presented January 22, further recommended that the commission prevails on BCCC’s Administration and Legislative Caucus to speedily implement Article 5, Section One of the Act of the college. The Article calls for the appointment of the president of the college with a terminal degree, based on the recommendation of the Board to the President of Liberia.
Following the submission of the committee’s report, Samuel Momweh vowed to retain his post and never to resign, despite recommendations resulting from the investigation.
He suspected that there were “detractors” behind the conspiracy to damage his reputation by questioning his legitimate academic credentials, according to a communication to the Ministry of Education (MOE), and quoted by Liberia News Agency (LINA).
Dr. Momweh insisted that his credentials were “genuine and credible,” and as such, he would not give in to any negative campaign perpetrated against him.
Recently, authorities at the NCHE have embarked on systematic campaigns to weed out of the Liberian education sector what they termed as “institutions and people with bogus academic credentials.”
Based on that exercise, the commission has reportedly invited several other persons, some of them, ‘professors’ and heads of higher education institutions to authenticate their credentials.