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-Instructors Threaten As Board Looks Into Demands For Salary Increment
The Grand Bassa County Community College (GBCC) seems to be in a long haul of dispute as its instructors have threatened a go-slow action against the administration in demand of salary increment.

The College which is one of the flashpoint achievements of this government is faced with administration mishaps arising from delays to pay teachers as well as demands for increment of salaries, coupled with other issues.

Last week, the administration said it was working hard to address problems the College was facing in the soonest of time, but the pressure seems to be increasing and not even going away soon.

At the weekend, the instructors, under the banner Grand Bassa Community College Faculty and Staff Association, voiced dissent to attempts to deny salary increment considering their qualifications and long services to the College.

On their behalf, Mr. Philip Johnson said their action was as a result of the alleged increment in the salary of the newly appointed President of the college, Dr. Nathaniel Gbessagee.

They alleged his salary upped from three thousand two hundred United States dollars (3,200usd) to five thousand United States Dollars (5,000usd).

“My colleagues and I are qualified and have worked for the College for long time, as such, we deserve salary increment especially when the President Dr. Gbessagee now receives a salary of five thousand United States Dollars (5,000usd) instead of the previous three thousand two hundred United States dollars (3,200usd) which the former President Dr. Levi Zangar earned,” Johnson alleged.

This paper could not verify the claims, but Johnson said they have already written the Board of Trustees about their concerns and are awaiting response before embarking on their go slow action.

“Since ascending to the position, Dr. Gbessagee has brought in some new people at the College filling vacant positions which were never advertised,” he claimed.
According to him, these new people are making more money than they who have worked for the college for a very long period.

He made reference to one Roosevelt Henskey, Dean for the Business Department whom he alleged is his (Gbessagee’s) son in law.
He claims Henskey is receiving USD1,200, unlike other Deans who make about six hundred United States dollars.

Johnson is an instructor of social science and sociology and also chief of office staff in the office of Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence of Grand Bassa County.

As head of the aggrieved instructors, he outlined some of their demands as salary increment, unremitted social security deduction, unfair and unspecified treatment by the President and many others.

When contacted, the President of the GBCCC, Dr. Nathaniel Gbessagee, termed the claims as political and only intended to distract him from his focus to improving the College.

Dr. Gbessage clarified that he has not brought in additional staff and in no way practicing nepotism at the College as claimed by those he branded as his detractors.
“I can’t and will never be move by detractors but will continue to be focus and work in line with my scope of operations,” he maintained.

He however revealed that he only hires his wife, something he said is internationally accepted under Higher Education practice.

“The practice says once a person or wife is qualified as in the case of his wife who has a master in social work, he/ she can be employed in a given educational institution,” he said, terming it “Thrilling Spouse.”

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