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ULFA Unhappy Over Delayed Benefits

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By: Blamo N. Toe

The leadership of the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) has expressed dismay over the alleged inhumane treatments accorded to its Part-Time colleagues by the University of Liberia Administration headed by  President Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson.

In a press release issued Thursday, January 4, 2024 in Monrovia, ULFA noted that it has regrettably exhausted every means within the reins of the state-run university to see the need to pay the part-timers but unfortunately, there has been no clear answer from the Nelson’s administration.

The statement under the signature of ULFA President, Dr. Edna Johnny

Explained  as part of the teaching faculty, part-time colleagues signed contracts for the duration of the semester (4 months) with the first payment of two (2) months supposedly to be made after the midterm exams.

“Despite promising to pay our colleagues in late December 2023 or early January 2024 along with full-time employees, our colleagues have not been paid for the entirety of the semester.”

The reported action of Dr. Nelson and his administration is a total disregard for the welfare of its faculty colleagues, it said.

It maintained that said action has further subjected the professionals and their respective families to untold harsh economic conditions.

According to the UL Faculty Association, the alleged attitude of the UL Administration undermines the quality of teaching and learning.

At the same time, the University of Liberia Faculty Association stressed that although it remains committed to the diplomatic resolution of issues at the institution, the association will not cease to take extreme measures to protect the welfare of the Part-timers.

The leadership of ULFA further called on the UL Administration to commence the full payments of all Part-Time colleagues, threatening to take unspecified union actions beginning Monday, January 8, 2024 if this plight is not given the needed attention in the interest of those concerned.

Meanwhile, when contacted the President of the University of Liberia Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson via mobile phone call and text messages both off and online (WhatsApp), he neither picked the call nor did he reply to the text messages.


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