The students said their demand was predicated upon the proliferation of contaminated goods on the Liberian market including frozen food which continue to cause health hazard for consumers.
The students under the banner “Open Society for Transformation” noted that they were holding Commerce Minister Axel Addy responsible for the proliferation of unwholesome products and food on the Liberian market because his ministry is chief regulator of goods and products.
The head of the group, Eugene Williams, said their action was based on citizens’ concern and had nothing to do with the administration of the school.
Mr. Williams said the MoC is aware of the constant flow of contaminated and expired products on the Liberian market, but has failed to take action on importers in the country.
He averred that many importers including Cheatou, Caroline and many others are in the constant habit of importing contaminated frozen meat, fish, and pork on the Liberian market, to the detriment of the Liberian people.
It can be recalled, recently a group of students allegedly emanating from the United Methodist University, disturbed normal business activities, obstructed normal traffic movement and paralyzed the entire Ashmun streets which resulted to police intervention.
When the Police arrived to try calming the demonstrators by peacefully negotiating with them, the students became more antagonistic by throwing stones and sticks at the Police.
Our reporter who was on the scene of the demonstration said the LNP decided to disburse the crowd which resulted to serious wounds on one of the police officers head, while at the same time the police chased them on the campus of UMU and other places, arresting others including the leader of the group.
When contacted the President of University Dr. Johnson Gwaikolo admitted that the demonstrators were students of the University, but the administration was not aware of their action.
Dr. Gwaikolo said UMU administration has launched an immediate investigation into the student actions and an appropriate measure will be taken against those involved.
Meanwhile, Commerce and Industry Minister Addy, when contact said he was astonished over the behavior of the students, and he does not believe that the students were acting on their own.
Minister Addy said the students’ action could be tele-guided either from a member of the business community or a politician.
He promised to investigate the action of the students, and threatened to take an appropriate action against any businessman involved.