In Compliance with Sirleaf’s Mandate, UL Closed

first_imgUntil the presidential mandate ordering the closure of all institutions of learning in the country on Wednesday, classes at the University of Liberia (UL) had been ongoing, although an increasing number of students had begun staying away from classes due to the spread of the Ebola virus.However, in compliance with the President’s directive and as part of the fight against the Ebola epidemic, the administration of the UL on July 31 announced the closure of all academic activities effectively immediately until further notice.The UL Administration, in a joint session of the Faculty Senate and Council and in consultation with UL president, Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, had, before the President’s address to the nation, by its own discretion, decided to close the university on Saturday, August 2, in response to the Ebola threat.Dr. Dennis is presently out of the country.The decision to close the institution was predicated upon a series of lectures that are being delivered by Dr. Vuyu Kanda Golakai, vice president for Health Sciences and Dean of the UL’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, as well as other professors, on the dangers of the dreaded virus.While the UL remains ‘temporarily’ closed, the administration is asking vice presidents, administrative directors, deans and the associate vice president for Human Resource to “kindly maintain a very minimal staff to respond to emergencies, if any.”Meanwhile, all support staffers who are not specifically requested to form a part of the skeletal staff are being asked to stay away from any of the campuses.At the same time, the UL Administration is requesting all members of the UL family to continue monitoring the university-owned radio, LUX 106.6 FM, for updates and announcements concerning the resumption of normal activities.On Wednesday, President Sirleaf announced that,Without exception, all schools are also ordered closed pending further directive from the Ministry of Education, the President ordered as parts of measures to contain the deadly Ebola menace.All non-essential staff, to be determined by their Minister or Head of Agency to be placed on a 30-day compulsory leaveFriday, August 1 is declared a non-working day, to be used for the disinfection and chlorination of all public facilities; all borders that are to remain opened are to be directly supervised and controlled by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization whose duties it shall be, working with the assigned health authorities, to ensure strict adherence to announced preventive measures including preliminary testing for fever.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Speaker “Worries” over Reelection of Lawmakers

first_imgThe re-election rate of members of the House of Representatives for the past elections (2005 and 2011) records 34% being successful and 64% failing to return. With 12 months to the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections, House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay has fears and says he has lost sleep because he suspects many of his colleagues may not be re-elected.Last week Thursday, during an acquaintance meeting with members of the Legislative Reporters Pool (LEGISPOL) in the House’s first floor conference room, the Speaker said among other strategies and objectives that continuity (Re-election of representatives) is a paramount issue.The 48-year-old Speaker said continuity leads to efficiency and effectiveness and it is an overriding capacity builder.He also named reconciliation as a critical factor, and towards achieving that goal, the Speaker formally announced a 4-day Legislative Retreat, in Ganta, Nimba County, from Wednesday, Nov. 2-5.The Speaker noted that the widely publicized 2nd Extraordinary Session has not been finalized with the Executive.He further named image building and coordination as some of the known strategies to rebrand the House of Representatives after over four months internal wrangling to unseat former Speaker J. Alex Tyler.Speaker Nuquay stated that reconciliation among the members of the House of Representatives “is to make amends…bridge the gaps…and let bygones be bygones in order to do to the people’s work.”He said lawmakers should do away with ‘self-interest’ to begin their image building and focus on their primary functions. It has been gathered that the House Press and Public Affairs has been tasked to drive the image building process of the House of Representatives.“Coordination between and among the branches of government is key because it makes us achieve the developmental goal…which is the integral part of our exercises,” Speaker Nuquay said.Sources in the office of the Speaker say he will embark on strategies up to 2017 to ensure he has a good chance of being re-elected, including the post of speaker.The Daily Observer has gathered that among the 73 members of the House of Representatives – only six Representatives are not seeking re-election. They include former Speaker and Bomi County District # 2 Rep. J. Alex Tyler; Grand Gedeh County District # 2 Rep. Morais Waylee; Grand Kru CountyDistrict # 1 Rep. George Wesseh Blamoh; Lofa County District # 5 Rep. Moses Y. Kollie; Maryland County District # 1 Rep. James Biney and Nimba County District # 3 Rep. Samuel Woleh.Since 2005, incumbents seeking re-election to the House and Senate had appalling turnout rates of about 29.4% owing to unfulfilled development promises and several factors that sitting members of the Legislature failed to complete for their people. Other factors include failure to establish district offices and employ adequate staff both in the Legislature and in the Districts and overlooking obligations to attend special events and pay regular visits to their districts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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