The Excellence Publishing and Printing Bookshop (EPP) has donated a Cannon Brand giant photocopy machine to the University of Sierra Leone, to ease some of the printing problems at the Planning and Public Relations Unit at Fourah Bay College.
The bookshop which has its headquarters in Ghana, started operations in Sierra Leone in February this year on the invitation of University of Sierra Leone to revive the Fourah Bay College University Bookshop, which was reportedly shut down since 1983.
The Manager of the Bookshop, Samuel Adjei noted that the donation is the start of a series of assistance on their agenda to boost education in the country.
“The purpose of the gesture is to make educational materials available as we realize that there is a gap in photocopying facilities” he said.
He categorically stated that the donation was made to the University of Sierra Leone but was located at the Fourah Bay College Campus; where students from the other colleges could also make use of it.
He confirmed that plans are underway to expand their services as the need arises.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor
Aiah Gbakima intimated that on assuming office he was flabbergasted at the non-availability of a bookshop in one of the oldest University.
He stated that the photo copy machine is meant for the University of Sierra Leone and must be used by students only and not for private jobs, warning that anyone caught doing his/her private job on the photocopier would be terminated.
He observed that the photocopier came at the most appropriate time to enhance work at the Planning and Public Relations Offices where project work is been done.
“EPP did not only provide a bookshop but also affordable reading materials to improve on the capacity of students” he noted.
Prof. Gbakima lambasted the horrible WACSE results in the country, which he attributed to lack of reading materials.
“My job is not to sit down in office but to go out in search of funding to improve on the standard of education in the University” he observed.
“Education is no longer cheap” the Professor concluded.
By Solomon Rogers