LIBERIA: Normalcy Returns To Tubman University After Week-long ‘Go-Slow’

HARPER  (LINA) – After a week of go-slow action by the Concerned Employees of Tubman University, normal working activities have been restored at the institution.

According to Rev. Cyrus W. Tugbe, Executive Assistant in the office of Tubman University president, the aggrieved employees reached the decision to resume normal activities after a meeting with University president, Dr. Elliott Wreh Wilson, on Tuesday morning.

He indicated that during the meeting, various parties made presentations after which the employees held a separate meeting and reached the decision to resume normal activities beginning Wednesday, August 28, and gave the administration of the institution one week to settle their salary arrears.

He said Dr. Wilson informed the employees during the meeting that there is no way that Tubman University can be exempted from the harmonization exercise as demanded by the aggrieved workers.

He, however, said based on the fact that the university is situated in one of the hard-to- reach regions, the margin will be narrower than other areas in the country.

Though the administration is working out modalities to do some adjustments in employees’ salaries, according to Rev. Tugbe, the issue of Salary Harmonization is a must for all Government of Liberia employees across the country.

He assured that the human resource department will communicate with each of the employees of TU upon completion of the ongoing adjustment in line with the harmonization policy recommended by the International Monetary Fund as one of the measures to stabilize the country’s economy.

Rev. Tugbe has at the same time described as ‘impossible’ the restitution of percentages deducted from employees’ salaries during previous months as contained in their position statement.

Meanwhile, the Executive Assistant has frowned on the disruption of local government offices on Monday, August 26, by protesting students of the university, pointing out that bringing down the national flag, which is the nation’s pride, indicates no sign of patriotism and nationalism.

While it is true that the students are in solidarity with the employees, he said, the way they proceeded demonstrates lack of discipline and maturity.

He disclosed that the week-long go-slow action has affected the timetable set for student registration, and may also cause a change in date for the opening convocation which should have been held on Monday, September 2, and the pending 10th anniversary celebration.

In a related development, Rev. Tugbe has lauded Senator J. Gble-bo Brown and members of the County Legislative Caucus for defending the cause of Tubman University during the 2019/2020 budget hearing.

The clergyman also appreciated the county authority, TU Board of Trustees and citizens for their respective interventions.

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