The NEWS (Monrovia)

20 November 2012

Liberia: UL Students Continue Protest At GAC

A student group at the state run University of Liberia (UL) under the banner, "Militants of the Student Unification Party (SUP)," says its ongoing sit-in protest at the General Auditing Commission (GAC) remains unbending until President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf intervene into the mass dismissal of more than 40 employees by the entity's Auditor General Robert Kilby.

Recently, AG Kilby sacked more than 40 employees from the entity, citing budgetary constraints.

During their second day sit-in protest in front of the offices of the GAC on Ashmun Street Monday, the students said Mr. Kilby's action to dismiss the over 40 employees undermines the president's poverty reduction strategy (prs).

In an interview with The NEWS, a purported Chairman of SUP, Siaffa Kanneh indicated that the action of the GAC boss is a violation of the former employees' constitutional rights.

Mr. Kanneh wants President Sirleaf to immediately dismiss Mr. Kilby for undermining her government's promise of creating 20,000 jobs annually for young people in the country.

According to Konneh, SUP, in collaboration with the Liberian student community would ensure that Mr. Kilby is dismissed for proving the president's vision on the contrary.

"We are calling on all youth groups in the country to join us in this fight to denounce this wicked act of Mr. Kilby. If you refuse to join us the next group could be your husband, wife, brother, sister and uncle," Mr. Konneh noted.

He alleged that even with this unjustifiable and unacceptable mass dismissal of employees at the GAC, there are plans by Mr. Kilby to dismiss more workers.

Konneh wants President Sirleaf to make her position known on Mr. Kilby's action to disprove public perception that she supports Kilby's action.

Kilby's action has been criticized by many Liberians, thus prompting the Liberian Senate Public Accounts and Audits Committee to summon him for hearing.

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