The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lewis Brown, Thursday, January 16, assured students of the University of Liberia and the administration of the reopening of the institution in the soonest possible time.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s regular press briefing on Thursday, Mr. Brown said that through the office of the president, a committee has been set up to investigate the closure of the state’s premier learning institution in the country.
According Mr. Brown, the government was concerned about the ongoing situation at the state-run University that has affected a numbers of students and the government, since the closure in December.
The Minister maintained that the issue of demonstrations in the country will not in any form be allowed by the government. Those days are gone and Liberians must graduate from the stage of backwardness he explained.
“We will ensure that the rule of law serves the public. Accordingly, we want to call on the students to desist from demonstrations and try to resolve issues at Liberia University and other educational outlets in the country.”
Mr. Brown explained that the University of Liberia will not reopen because of demonstrations by students as experienced by students in the country in recent time he added.
According to Mr. Brown, Dominic Tarpeh has been appointed by president Sirleaf to head the Committee on the University of Liberia’s closure since last year.
He highlighted the progress made in the Sirleaf-led administration in the areas education, electricity, and free speech; He added that Liberian must continue ensuring that all efforts are made for the betterment of Liberia.
The Minister called on students who are threatening the president’s annual message to desist and rethink their decision for the sake of peace and progress made over the past year.
“we want to call on the students that have decided to disrupted the president’s annual message to modify their decision, we have moved forward and will continue to work together as one family.”