The Executive Representative of the UN Secretary General in Sierra Leone Michael Schulenburg last week made his first official visit to the Njala University Campus at Mokonde Village in the Moyamba District, Southern Sierra Leone.
Upon arrival at the Campus on Wednesday last week the ERSG was given a red carpet welcome by the University’s authorities who immediately organized a briefing meeting with the ERSG and his entourage.
In his briefing the Principal of Njala University, Prof. Abu Sesay said the University’s campus is still under a post war reconstruction process as it was abandoned for 15 years due to the rebel war.
He said government is doing its best to help but that is not enough as they also rely on partners and alumni of the institution for support.
Explaining their constrains to the ERSG Prof. Abu Sesay said Njala intends to be a driving force for the development of Sierra Leone but they are presently confronted with enormous challenges ranging from finance to infrastructure.
He also said some Departments are terribly understaffed as in most cases teaching on campus goes on till 9pm.
Another major constraint is the lack of pipe borne water as students and staffs have to spend huge amounts of money to buy safe drinking water in the big towns.
In his response the visiting ERSG commended the University’s administration particularly for the move they are making towards developing the agriculture sector of the country.
He said they are on the right track as the education system of any university must serve the country.
Speaking to students at the University’s auditorium the ERSG said young people are responsible for the stability the country is enjoying today adding that because of their consciousness there has been a drastic reduction in human rights abuses in Sierra Leone.
He said although students in Sierra Leone are faced with huge challenges they must not relent in their pursuit for education as that is the only way they can become successful people.
“You have wealth but whether the wealth becomes yours or turns against you all depends on people like you” the ERSG said.
He toured the campus and visited key Departments like the Palm Oil Production Unit, the Library, the Laboratory and many other places.
By William Freeman