Says Nursing and Midwifery Board
The Liberian Board of Nursing and Midwifery (BNM) has described as “illegal” the Barshell University College (BUC) in Paynesville, because its establishment violates the law of Liberia to operate a nursing and midwifery school in the absence of accreditation from the state board.
The university is owned and operated by Montserrado County District #3 lawmaker Ceebee C. D. Barshell. The letter from the BNM, dated February 11, 2017, a copy of which is in possession of the Daily Observer, mandated the university’s administration to immediately put a stop to the illegal operation, including the recruitment of students for the nursing program, until the right things are done in keeping with their guidelines.
Also, in March, 2018, authorities of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) conducted a series of assessment on the BUC and released the report to the university on October 11, 2018.
Following the assessment, the NCHE recommended to the institution to do all that is required to operate a university and that the administration must obtain accreditation in order to exert more effort to address cardinal issues raised during the evaluation.
The NCHE, in their counts, instructed the BUC administration to set up an equipped library with relevant instructional materials, in order to enhance research by students and lecturers, to ensure that the institution is totally separated from the high school, and obtain accreditation from the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery so as to qualify its nursing program.
Among other counts submitted by NCHE is the recruitment of a vice president for academic affairs, with the minimum qualification of a terminal degree, most preferably in education, and recruit a vice for administration, with the minimum qualification of masters’ degree in education, administration or related discipline.
But when the Daily Observer contacted Rep. Barshell via mobile phone yesterday evening, he responded, promising to call back in 30 minutes to address the situation. At the end of the 30 minutes, the Daily Observer placed another call to him but found that his phone had been switched off.
In a related development, the former President of the university, Dr. Israel C. Obiasogu has described the allegation of financial mismanagement leveled against him as false and misleading.
Of recent, there has been a series of publications in the local dallies that Dr. Obiasogu and a man identified as Humphrey Jacobs were arrested by police and placed behind bars for allegedly mismanaging the school’s resources.
But Dr. Obiasogu said the allegation is a smear campaign against him.
According to him, following his appointment, he realized that the institution was not accredited by NCHE to run as a full-fledged university, because the school had failed to meet up with all the requirements.
He said further that he was appointed on May 19, 2018, two years after the institution was established, and after careful investigation, he found out that the NCHE had denied BUC’s accreditation, and ordered it shut down until it can meet up with the conditions set for accreditation.
“I did everything so that Rep. Barshell could meet officials of the Commission on Higher Education, which did not work,” Obiasogu said.
He said after failing to convince the lawmaker on the importance of getting accreditation from NCHE, he resigned and was not fired, as it was reported in some of the local dailies.
Dr. Obiasogu said he is willing to appear before the law to clear his name as he firmly believes that he is innocent of financial malpractices.