Weah Appoints Former Tubman University President to Head Nimba Community College

MONROVIA, Montserrado – President George Weah has appointed the former president of Tubman University as the new president for Nimba County Community College.

The executive mansion disclosed the president’s decision in a release on Thursday.

According to the release, Edward Lama Wonkeryor is among the latest official appointment made by the president. The appointment also affects the National Lottery Authority, National Refugee Repatriation Resettlement Commission and the National Housing Authority.

Wonkeryor will replace Yar Gono who was recently being pressured by the faculty with a vote of no confidence, on claims of delay in the payment of salary arrears.

Earlier, Wonkeryor had been replaced as president of Tubman University after being engulfed by tribal politics from citizens of Maryland, who protested that he did not hail from their county or the southeastern region.

The former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Wonkeryor as president of Tubman University for a period of five years, but he was never formally inaugurated to the position due to protests about his appointment.

His relatively brief stay at the university was marked by crises, including students’ demonstration for quality instructors, basic services, and items that students had paid for but were lacking.

One of the protests was led by students of the Engineering College who demanded improvement in the quality of education at the university.

Featured photo by Franklin Nehyalor

Gbatemah Senah

Senah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. Between 2017 and 2019, he won six excellent reporting awards from the Press Union of Liberia. They include a three-time Land Rights Reporter of the Year, one time Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Human Rights Reporter of the Year.

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