An Academician Turned Politician Who Never Forgot His University
Many years before he became a senator, Edward B. Dagoseh was a university instructor. In 2004, he joined the UL faculty as a lecturer in the Department of Management. In no time he earned a reputation, becoming popularly known as the only instructor teaching Management 318 (Financial Management). He also taught other accounting courses, and in two years, because of his outstanding performance, commitment and handwork, he was promoted as chair of the Department of Management.
In 2011, he was elected as Senator of Grand Mount County, but the University never left him. He worked assiduously hard alongside the Cape Mount Legislative Caucus and the people of Grand Cape Mount County to offer a huge parcel of land to the University of Liberia for the establishment of the David Straz-Sinje Technical and Vocational College in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County.
In 2012, the David A. Straz-Sinje Technical College began academic activities, thanks to its benefactor, the American Philanthropist David A. Straz, Jr.’s kind gesture.
In 2018, 24 graduates obtained Associate Degrees in Agronomy, Animal Science, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Extension, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Primary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts and Social Studies from the new college.
As a university faculty, Senator Dogoseh contributed to the training and mentoring of few of the instructors currently teaching in the management department. He also provided scholarships and recommended students for employment in both the public and private sectors while serving as Deputy Minister of Finance.
Senator Dagoseh was the founding chairman of the Public Account and Expenditure Committee of the Legislature and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget. Up to the time of his death, he was chairman of the Grand Cape Mount County Legislative Caucus.
In 2016, the African Organization for Public Accounts Committee (AFROPAC), a pan-African network of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committees, elected Senator Dagoseh as its chair, to steer the affairs of the body for a period of four years. He also also served as Chairman of the West Africa Chapter of the Association of Public Accounts Committees
He will be dearly missed by many of his colleagues and students who crossed his path. A few of them eulogized him in this manner as indicated below:
Leon Buttel, Instructor, Management Department, UL- “I got to know Prof. first as a student in 2004. He was a very strict instructor in every aspect of his professional life. He had absolute control over the subject matter he taught.”
Sandra, Senior Librarian, UL- “I can’t believe that Prof. Dagoseh is dead. Certainly, we will miss him for his stance against academic malfeasance. He was certainly one of the best instructors the university ever had.”
Bhaofar Chambers, Speaker of the 54th National Legislature- “Sen. Dagoseh climbed mountains and went through stormy weather; his memory as one of Liberia’s outstanding statesmen will forever be remembered.”
Sen. Albert T. Chea, President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate- “Sen. Dagoseh dedicated his energy and knowledge to serve his people very well. Even if he had to vote on the Senate floor on issues, he would carefully weigh the consequence and vote not on the dictate of his political party affiliation but on the dictate of his conscious in the interest of his people. He was popularly called ‘On Course’ by most of his colleagues in the Senate.”
Senator Dagoseh was laid in state on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Funeral over his remains were held last Friday at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia. His body was later taken to Dambala, in Grand Cape Mount County for final committal last Saturday, June 29, 2019.
The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students of the University of Liberia express profound condolences to the family, the National Legislature particularly the House of Senate and the Government of Liberia for the death of Prof. Senator Edward B. Dagoseh who died on June 1, 2019, in Monrovia following a protracted period of illness.
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