The Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in collaboration with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), has donated books and sets of learning equipment to the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM).
The donation ceremony took place yesterday at the forecourt of IPAM Campus at Tower Hill in Freetown where senior staff members of the University of Sierra Leone were in attendance.
The essence of the donation, as noted in the statement of Dr. Oludolapo A. Gbonda, who serves as the Country Coordinator, Public Management Training Programme, GIMPA/IPAM, is to ensure the building of capacity of students at the university, especially in the area of management and public administration.
She maintained that the gesture is also a testament of the benefits IPAM stands to gain in its friendly relationship with GIMPA in the area of sharing university education.
The twenty thousand dollars’ worth of up-to-date materials on public and private sector management and twenty-seven desktops and other office equipment including server and a printer, would go a long way in creating enormous impact in improving the educational system in Africa, Sierra Leone in particular.
The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of IPAM, Prof. Ekundayo Thompson, expressed delight over the kind gesture and said that donation of the books will help solve the problem of lack of educational materials and information systems the campus is faced with, adding that it will create an avenue for advanced learning in the area of research and documentation.
Stepping in the shoes of the University Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Fourah Bay College, Prof. Yorma, said that the University is a teaching and learning institution and requires the provision of the relevant infrastructure, learning materials and equipment to achieve its goals. He said that the kind gesture from ACBF/GIMPA is a step towards ensuring the dreams of the University of Sierra Leone.
The ACBF/GIMPA and IPAM’s cordial relationship began since 2005. The aim of the relationship is to share knowledge, information and experience for the development of education in Universities and Africa as a whole.
By Poindexter Sama