President Sirleaf Meets Officials and Members of The UL Faculty Association.

Monday, 18th June 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has warned against acts of violence and hooliganism at the University of Liberia. The President said, anyone caught engaging in such acts would be dealt with in keeping with the rules and regulations governing the University and under the laws of Liberia. According to an Executive Mansion release, the President was speaking on Monday when she met with the President and officials of the University Faculty Association on the main campus of the University.

The President said government is exerting all efforts to address the situation at the University, but will not tolerate any acts that tend to undermine the learning atmosphere at the Institution and bring the University into disrepute. The Presidentís warning follows reports that some faculty members began disrupting classes on Monday to back their demands.
The faculty is demanding ten months pre-war salary arrears, salary increment as well as payment of Ďresearch allowances.í

The President made it clear that government will honor the payment of salary arrears owed the University in keeping with previous understanding reached between the University and government. The President also promised that government will look into the issue of salary increment. The payments and increments, the Visitor to the University said, would be carried out in keeping with the supplemental budget prepared by the Bureau of the budget and in line with standing regulations of the Civil Service Agency.

The President, however, rejected demands by the faculty for the payment of research allowances. Such allowances President Johnson Sirleaf said are based on merit and not on demands.

Research allowance is an extra budgetary allotment set aside by the University for faculty members.

The Visitor criticized the arrangement, which she described as a scheme set up by previous governments to win political favor.