Mr. Varney Jarsey, the president of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) has declared that LINSU is prepared to fight, with a renewed vigour abuses, malpractices and disadvantages against students.
Though, he did not specify how LINSU would carry out the fight, he stated that recent developments, unlike the past, in which LINSU was not able to speak on the increased tuition fracas at the University of Liberia and the resentment from some of the students on the resumption of schools amidst the cancellation of West African exams and restriction in the promotion of students, LINSU will now speak against “any form of abuse against students’ interests.”
Making a special statement during the program marking the official dedication of LINSU headquarters, located at the Corner of Center Street and UN Drive – adjacent the Gender Ministry, Jarsey said detractors should now see the organization as a “New LINSU” which would continue to protect students.
The LINSU leader said even though the organization had not been with an office for eight months after they were ejected from their offices when the building in which LINSU had its offices was purchased, LINSU was very restrained in the selection of its new headquarters.
He presented a certificate to River Gee County Senator Commany Wesseh on behalf of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU) for his immense contribution to the students’ struggle for democracy, advancing students’ rights and interest and the making of AASU. The certificate was signed by Mr. Awaad Fred, the Secretary General of AASU, as the Alumni of the Year- 2013.
Sen. Wesseh served as president as well as one of the founding members of AASU.
LINSU was also certificated by AASU as the Most Vibrant Student Union of the Year 2013, while Varney Jarsey got Africa’s Student Activist of the Year 2014.
Sen. Wesseh said LINSU was revived at Cuttington University College (now Cuttington University) in 1979 Meanwhile, Liberia’s former Finance Minister and Ambassador to the United States, Nathaniel Barnes, admonished students to be courageous and focused.
Amb. Barnes told the student body to be truthful to themselves to vote the right people to save the country, and they must remain courageous.
Additionally, the Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Stephen Johnson, urged LINSU to not be complacent about its “new headquarters” and must speak on ills facing students.
Speaking as proxy for Deputy Finance Minister, Dr. James Kollie; Stephen said LINSU must exist to seek the interest of students.
The program was attended by former student leaders from higher institutions of learning, including activists.