The Board of Trustees of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC) has constituted a four-man interim management committee to manage the affairs of the college as mandated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
President Sirleaf recently suspended the president of the college, Dr. John Flomo, and subsequently mandated the Board of Trustees of the college to set up an interim management team, and further conduct an audit of the college’s finances in 60 days.
Following a board meeting in Gbarnga recently, the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Walter Wiles, announced Dr. Roland Massaquoi as head of the interim management team. Dr. Massaquoi is also a member of the Board.
Other members of the team are Madam Viola Cooper, General Superintendent of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) and a member of the Board of Trustees, former Minister of Health, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, and Mrs. Debah Vapilah, who are the only two new members on the Board. The Commission on Higher Education serves as adviser to the Board.
Dr. Wiles said the mandate of the committee is to supervise the day to day operation of the college, gather needed information and do a complete analysis about its status to submit to the Board for submission to President Sirleaf as mandated.
He noted that the interim management team will however give initial information to the Board in three weeks regarding an audit of the institution.
The selection of individuals to the interim management team, Dr. Wiles said, was a unanimous decision by all members of the Board.
Meanwhile, the Liberia China Investment Group, a firm that is constructing the BCTC, has assured the county administration that work will resume at the college this April, and that the basement of the college will be completed within 45 days.
Last month, President Sirleaf suspended Dr. Flomo for what she termed as acts not in keeping with the smooth running of the college coupled with reports of financial mismanagement at the institution.