MONROVIA – Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson has commended Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, political leader and Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress for his financial support of USD50,000 towards the cost of construction of the PYJ Polytechnic University, an institution own by the Senator, describing him as a humanitarian in the process.
Senator Johnson said the financial contributions by Mr. Cummings, who is now the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) were made timely in separate installments and went a long way in realizing the dream of constructing the project in his native Nimba County.
Construction work on the higher institution which is put at US$4.5 million started seven years ago in 2015, and it is currently seeking a legislative Charter as required by law and also meets the criteria for Liberian Government subsidy to begin academic programs in early 2023.
Senator Johnson, who prides the University as his legacy said the request for charter from the government as a full-fledged University is currently pending before the National Legislature for concurrence.
The request, however, is reportedly facing hiccups from some Lawmakers who are demanding a change of name of the University from PYJ Polytechnic University to Nimba County University. PYJ’s peers are skeptical about the stigma and role of its founder in the 14 year of brutal war that killed a quarter million of the Liberian population.
Senator Johnson speaking on a radio Talk Show program on Saturday, September 17, said the PYJ Polytechnic University has already recruited teaching staff including Americans, Nigerians, and Liberians to begin the academic year.
Courses to be offered at the University include Nursing, Public health, Laboratory Science, Midwifery, and Pharmacology.