Written by Nathaniel McClain-0886581624
Monday, 07 January 2013 00:40
Plans by over three hundred professional contractors at the University of Liberia (UL) have been aborted through the payment of regular salaries which commenced on the third of January 2013 on the main Campus on Capital hill.
Recently, contracted teachers staged a meeting to discuss plans aimed at staying away from classes until their salaries can be paid.
The contracted teachers alleged that the UL administration has vehemently refused to pay them for the festive seasons, claiming that there were no explanations from the Fiscal Department at the university concerning their plights.
According to the spokesperson who asked for anonymity, the UL administration began payment of regular teachers on 18 December last year, but they (contracted teachers) were excluded from the process without reasons.
The spokesperson also claimed that the administration decided to exclude them from the process because the fiscal section of the university claimed that there was no sufficient cash to pay everybody.
He said because of the way the UL administration decided to demoralize them before their families, as well as other pressing social responsibilities, they resolved to stay away from classes effective January 7 until their salaries can be paid.
However, University of Liberia Vice President for UL Relations, Dr. MomoluGateweh, said the administration was unable to pay the contractors during the festive season due to some administrative problems.
Dr. Gateweh said since the problems have been resolved, the Fiscal Department of the university has begun paying the contractors since January 3, 2013.
He clarified that due to the huge number of contractors and predicated upon the lack of cash flow at the university, administration decided to suspend the payment of contractors and part-timers until the necessary financial modalities can be put in place.
Dr. Gateweh noted that the UL administration regrets the incident and appealed to all contractors and part-timers to abort their plans and return to classes effective January 7, 2013.
The UL Vice President for UL Relations on behalf of UL President, Dr. Emmet Dennis and the entire administration apologized to the contractors and promised that what has transpired will not occur again.
He said the administration does not foresee strike action on Monday as everything has been done to pay every body.
According to him, his office will ensure that the payment should continue until 6pm on Saturday or Monday.
Dr. Gateweh said such problem is the end result of low budgetary allotment given to the university by the Liberian Government.
He believes that if the proposed budget submitted to the government was not reduced at low level, the administration would be able to settle its domestic problems on time.
Dr. Gateweh appealed to the national government to see reasons and help the university to meet up with some of its international responsibilities and other domestics.