Nimba University Faculty Threatens Stay Home Action, If ……

GANTA-The Faculty Association of Nimba University, formerly Nimba County Community College is threatening a ‘stay home’ action if the government doesn’t increase the institution’s budget in the next budget year.

In a press release issued this week, the faculty said, “we write to flag out the government’s refusal to increase the Nimba University budget as were done for other highest learning institutions across the country.”

“As you are aware, Nimba University was elevated to a full degree-granting university by an art of the legislation in 2022, but since the elevation, the university has not received the financial support from the central government to run the university,” it said.

“We continued to limited budgetary as though we were still at the community college status,” the statement further said.

There had been discrepancies among the staff since the last budget year over the budget the government of Liberia allotted for the running of the school, which was considered to be very small to an institution with over 1000 students.

The faculty nearly laid down chalk during this outgoing budget year in protest to what they said was the government’s refusal to increase the budget.

“The faculty along with the administration has lobbied with the Nimba legislative caucus and the Ministry of Finance for the increment of our budgetary allotment, our efforts yielded no result,” the faculty said in the release.

“The Nimba University is the second highest tertiary public institution of the Republic of Liberia with 19 different degree-granting programs, highest numbers of enrollment and has more employees, but yet the university was the least in budgetary allotment in 2021/2022 fiscal year,” they added.

“Imagine, the university of Liberia received about US$ 17. 6 million, the Tubman University in Maryland received US$5. 5 million then the government allotted US$ 1, 177, 064 for Nimba University,

As the government is about to approve another budget early next year, the faculty association is calling on the public, especially members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, the CDC-led government to plead on their institution’s behalf for an increase in their allotment.

“The university administration had submitted the total budget of 5,999.00 for the 2023 budget year and hope that they act on it without any preconditions because we don’t want to work under constraint situation,” they said.

Institution head Dr. Jesse Noah Mongrue also raised the same concern but said that negotiations were ongoing with the appropriate authority to ensure that something is done to avoid faculty laying down their chalk.

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  1. Niamon Wuanti says

    Please check your figures are right before publishing your articles. Don’t get readers guessing what you are trying to communicate.

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