UL Protest Continues for Dr. Weeks, Sawolo to Resign

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The aggrieved students' spokesman, Heylobe Mark, speaks to journalists

Despite the government’s intervention in the latest protest at the campuses of the University of Liberia, students continue to disrupt normal school activities.

On Monday, aggrieved students gathered at the Fendall campus before the Chinese building, chanting their normal slogans. They then gathered near the vehicle of UL president Weeks and called for her resignation, along with her deputy, Dr. Sawolo Nelson, the dean of students.

The aggrieved students, through their spokesman, Heylobe Mark, told the Daily Observer that following Friday’s protest on both campuses, the UL Administration assured them that the registration process would open on Monday, February 5 – adding that it was based on President George Weah’s mandate – but surprisingly, upon their arrival on campus yesterday the process was still closed on both campuses, something which he described as ‘delayed tactics.’

Fendall campus was calm on Monday as compared to the main campus where reports said some aggrieved students were seen throwing stones at the vehicle of Speaker Bhofal Chambers.

“We are here again today to tell the UL Administration that we are not going to relent until the process is open. We were told that Monday, which is today, the process will be opened,” Mark noted.

He said the problem at the state-run university is currently beyond the issue of registration, adding that there are other elements that are impeding the learning process at the university, and until these elements are eliminated there will continue to be uprisings.

He named one of the elements as Dr. Sawolo, who he alleged has a hidden agenda.

“We want to inform you that Dr. Nelson Sawolo wants to become the next president of UL,” he alleged. “We can assure you that from now to next week Monday, if Dr. Sawolo does not resign, the Fendall campus will be a no-go zone for both of them.’’

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Should the Liberian taxpayers be FORCED to subsidize the college education of these hoodlums?? I say, HELL NO!!

    Regardless of their grievances, these hoodlums have NO right to vandalize private property, block traffic, and stop productive citizens from going to work or school! (memo to LU hoodlums: Read Article 13a of the damn Constitution, if you can read!)

    If you guys can’t get your act together, we the Liberian people will STOP subsidizing your useless college education!!

    For example, in fiscal 2011/2012, US$13 million of our tax dollars was allocated to University of Liberia (LU) to educate your sorry-ass, but we all know that most of you are unable to put together a coherent line of thought or reasoning!

    It’s time for Mr. Weah to stop wasting our tax dollars on your sorry asses (students)!!! Privatize LU, Mr President..

  2. It is my hope that president Weah will not cave in to the demand of the students to terminate the university president, Dr. Weeks. It is absolutely senseless to protest and vandalize. And that’s precisely what The students are doing at this time. The reward for lawlessness and bigotry should not be appeasement. At first, I empathized with the students. But, not anymore! Enough is enough.

    Every sensible human being understands that people have a right to express themselves. So far, the university students have gone overboard. The students do not have the slightest idea of what civil disobedience is. Pretty soon if this lowlife activity does not abate, the university will be shut down for a while thereby jeopardizing a bulk of the students at the university who are not part of this ongoing mess. Furthermore, if the university is shut down, some students may not graduate. My suggestion is simple, but yet firm. Do Not Cave In! Stand Your Ground, Dr. Weeks And The Entire University Staff. Dr. Weeks And Staff, You Will Be Seen As Ineffectual People If You Cave In.

  3. The fact that UL administration has refused to extend registration date, doesn’t give some students the audacity to be recalcitrant, and damaged properties belonging to the state and other private sectors.
    Those students who have overstayed at the university for any reason, should however, endeavor to complete their studies as quick as possible, so as to enable the new entrants enhance a smooth and quality learning environment, and a rapid registration process.
    They should also note that collage is not mandatory, therefore they can quite.

    I therefore condemned their rudely behaviours toward the administration, and called on all law abiding students within the universities community of Liberia, to condemned such behaviours as well.

    Thanks for your cooperation.

  4. Martin Scott,
    Your very predictable insensitivity to the students’ plight is lost on no one; you are obviously out of touch with reality in Liberia. You refuse to see any merit in their protest, you don’t recognize that the students had to employ some drastic measures in order to shake the conscience of weak and clueless citizens like yourself.
    The President understands the urgency,; many other well-meaning Liberians understand the urgency… That’s why instead to clapping back with an equally dumb response as you seem to be suggesting, the stakeholders, including Dr. Weeks are revisiting the decision.
    Good Day
    Paul Jackson

  5. Ladies and gentlemen of the University of Liberia; you may have some reasons to disrupt the smooth operation of the university but you are being unreasonable to demand the resignation of the central staff of the university. This is not your role. You did not appoint these people or employ them. You as students of the highest institution of learning in the country should set good examples for those following you to exemplify.
    One of the biggest problems in Liberia as I see it is failure to follow the systems we put in place. Most ofl the systems we have here in the US are over there in Liberia. But because it is Liberia, we refuse to follow those systems because you want everything to go your way. If it doesn’t, you either bribe your way thru or organize a protest to get your way or get away from the main issue causing your grieve. Let’s be civil in our disobedience because at the end of the day, you will graduate one day and may want a job. The government of Liberia as the biggest employer of its citizens does not have that many jobs to go around. There where the private establishments come in. If your behavior scare them away, what do you think your future will be? No one wants to make business in a hostile environment. Maybe there are some big companies in some part of the world who would want to come to Liberia to help with some of the high unemployment crisis; but if they sit in meetings with their shareholders and managers; seeing this kind of behavior may turn them off. What benefit will it be to graduate from the University and no further opportunities. You will be more frustrated than you think today. Stay away from violence.
    I know all higher institutions of learning has a handbook of rules and regulations. The students are responsible for some and the administration on the other hand are responsible for the rest. The University of Liberia is of no exception. The central administration of LU are well learned people. They are not stupid. They will not want to bring ugly spotlight to the University that may jeopardize their jobs. I sense that you students did not follow some rules or regulations in the handbook.

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