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We Welcome Financial Aid To Students, ButDate: 2013-04-11
YESTERDAY, HUNDREDS OF students from Nimba County attending various Universities in Monrovia stormed the Capitol Building in demand of financial aid settlement from the County Scholarship Scheme.
THE STUDENTS UNDER the banner Nimba Students Union (NSU) accused three of their Representatives, Jeremiah Koung, Garrison Yalue, and Saywah Dornah of being obstacles to their registration and payments of fees that are ongoing at various universities.
THE STUDENTS IN an angry mood told legislative reporters that they could no longer wait for the payment to be processed because schools are beginning to re-open. The students mainly youths between the ages 20-35 were singing vernacular songs, reciting political slogans backed by battle cry from one floor to another in search of the three lawmakers they claimed are preventing their registration payments.
DISAPPOINTINGLY, DURING THEIR action, police officers and private securities assigned at the Capitol Building were even assaulted while attempting to prevent the crowd from entering the Capitol Building. The Sergeant-At-Arm, Gen. Martin Johnson could not also stand the warmth of the students' protesters when he stood in their way asking them to disengage from their action.
THE STUDENTS' AGGRAVATION came about when the caucus chair of Nimba County, Senator Prince Johnson, informed them a month and a half ago that a decision was reached by the County Executive Council that beneficiaries of the county scholarship scheme should return to their districts for the vetting process before being qualified for the scholarship.
THE SITUATION WAS worsening to the extent that the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) led by Deputy Police Director for Operation, Abraham Kromah, hurriedly arrived on the scene and deployed his men to put an immediate halt to the protest and put the situation under control. Director Kromah immediately ordered the students to get out of the building so that normal legislative work could continue.
INDEED, WE SUPPORT efforts by county leaders, including lawmakers to provide financial assistance to students to help them in their educational pursuit, but we reject the way and manner in which the students from Nimba County behaved yesterday at the Capitol Building. We are specifically concerned about the assault to security officers and also for forcibly entering the building during normal working activities.
HOWEVER, WE HAIL the timely intervention of the police headed by its Deputy Director for operations, Abraham Kromah whose presence at the Capitol led the students to vacate the premises, thus ending their protest action after holding a meeting with the county Senior Senator Prince Johnson.
WE ARE THEREFORE urging the students and any other group in such a situation to always do so in a peaceful and orderly manner, as the Liberian Constitution guarantees this when it speaks of people peaceably and orderly assembling to present their grievances to the government or their leaders. But to do it otherwise, as was seen yesterday at the Capitol does not augur well.
NO MATTER THE situation, people, including students should always learn to pursue peaceful path and not a situation that holds people hostage and obstruct normal working activities. Again, we vehemently reject the action of the students yesterday and hope that never again such an action will be repeated. As students, they are expected to behave properly to get what they want.
EQUALLY, WE CALL on county leaders involved in such a scheme such as scholarship to always live up to their promise, as delays are dangerous. Many times, lawmakers have been blamed for the delay in the payment of students' aid. Notwithstanding, whatever the setbacks, yesterday's behavior was uncalled for.
Uploaded: April 11, 2013