The Dean of Post-graduate studies of the University of Sierra Leone Professor Philipson S.T. Gbamanja has disclosed that gross misappropriation of public funds has bedeviled Sierra Leone.
He made this comment when delivering his keynote address on the celebration of the Sierra Leone Theological College and Church Training Center annual Public Relations Day on the topic “Theological Education and Socio-Economic Development in Sierra Leone”. The event took place at the College’s Chapel last Friday. Professor Gbamanja pointed out that the present economic discrepancy is as a result of the fact that pubic officers are not God- fearing enough to judiciously use the country’s available resources and public funds.
He said that the art of theology teaches humility, morality, impartiality and so many other added values of enviable moral principles which need to be inculcated by all categories of Sierra Leones, “ it is only through the acceptance and practices of the aforementioned values that we will be able to steer this country to its desired destination” he echoed.
“Our leaders and relevant administrators need to have these theological values at hand and ensure it’s implementation in their day-to-day activities so that posterity will not hold us responsible if we could not do anything to uplift the image of this country to an enviable spectrum”, he added.
Just within the hour of his allotted time, the Lecturer elucidated the challenges the world is facing because of lack of confidence in the supremacy of God. He explained that the Bible has been regarded by many as “nonentity” simply because of the fact that humans have denounced what the Bible preaches about creation and the omnipotence of God.
In recent past, predominantly every society is facing the wrath of God; considering the turmoil and turbulence the world is facing. He gave a recent example of the flooding in Kono, the earth quake in Haiti, the volcanic eruption in Iceland and the oil spillage in the Gulf of Mexico.
Just because of these few natural disasters the world has lost lots of lives, resources and infrastructures. “This is just trying to manifest the fact that we need to embrace God in what ever we are doing in order for him to guide and control us”
Prof. Gbamanja stated that in many attempts the west has tried to challenge the techniques of God which has in many occasion resulted to abysmal failure and destructions beyond human imagination. “We should therefore ask for the guidance of God in our dealings with nature and man, so that we may not fall short of God’s wrath and pestilence” he admonished.
The Principal of Sierra Leone Theological College and Church Training Center Mrs. Olivia A. Wesley, being the first female principal of the college pointed out that theological education touches every facet of life since it is the restoration of hope to mankind.
Mrs. Wesley further said that “theological education has a part to play for the development of this country. This is the reason why we are training our students in good faith in all works of life to ensure that they become future administrators worthy of praise”.
Because of the college’s fervent aspiration to offer quality education, it has come to be known all over the globe due to its untainted administrative procedures.
One of the panelists Mrs. Cassandra Garber fully supported the fact that the school has seriously contributed to building the human capacity the country is yearning to get by training students in contemporary courses from certificate to degree. Most of the school’s products are all over the Diaspora contributing to sustainable socio- economic development in their respective capacities. By Poindexter Sama