17 November 2017

Liberia: Aggrieved GBCC Lecturers Threaten Legal Action

In continuation of investigation on the Grand Bassa County Community College, reports reaching this paper say the pending December 21st graduation program is under serious threat due to current tension on the campus.

This commencement is expected to mark the college's third graduation convocation since its establishment in 2010 by the government of Liberia.

According to the school registrar Amos Gibson, despite the distribution of clearances, all activities on the campus appeared to be at a standstill due to mounting tension between the administration on one hand, the Board of Trustees, and the faculty and staff association on the other hand.

Tension is said to be brewing on the campus over what some aggrieved lectures described as maltreatment melted against them, and that the administration of the college is planning to dismiss and demote some lectures.

Speaking to this paper via mobile, Mr. Gibson, a former instructor who is now the registrar of the college, stated that he feared if the Board officially executes such a planned decision, it would affect the learning process at the college.

"The Board of Trustees recently refused to grant our appeal to reverse its decision of dismissing some staff including demoting some of us to our previous positions; and some of the aggrieved teachers might stage a go- slow action which will subsequently affect the students including the graduation process and this is sad," Gibson disclosed.

Amos further alleged that the Board's pending action is illegal as they have resolved to take the matter to the court in a move to arrive at a perfect and logical solution.

The situation at the college appears to be unending as the senior management team is said to be on one side of the coin and is in line with the claimed new staff, they are threatening legal action soon, while the Board of Trustees appears to be taking into consideration complaints raised by the faculty and staff association at the GBCC.

The Board, according to the investigation also has a bone to pick with school president; Dr. Gbessagee who it alleged has failed to implement some board directives and instructions.

According to Dr. Gbessagee, he finds it difficult to work without the Board's written rules or guidelines which are required by the charter that established the GBCC.

Due to the current saga at the institution, the fate of the pending December 21 graduation convocation remains unclear with students expressing deep frustration over the matter.

It can be recalled that the Board, according to its chair Dr. Joseph Isaac instructed Dr. Gbessagee, President of the GBCC to rescind his decision on September 11, to include employment of new staff, salary increment and many others, but Dr. Gbessagee argued that he has never brought in new staff to the college as claimed by the faculty and staff association including the Board.

When contacted, the President of the college, Dr. Nathaniel Gbessage, explained that he only created new departments and promoted some instructors to senior staff positions.

He told this paper that he created some new departments at the GBCC and promoted some instructors to senior staff positions due to exceptional performances they exhibited on the job.

He furthered disclosed that he never employed or brought in new instructors as claimed by the faculty and staff association, this he maintained is political and it must stop.

Meanwhile, it is also alleged that some staff of the college were brought in the employed of the GBCC and were receiving handsome salaries when he (Dr. Gbessagee) took over, an allegation he has since denied.

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