The National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS) yesterday at a press conference, called on the Government, Civil Society Activist and the College Authorities to look into the issues bothering them, which are enormous and address them appropriately by the end of the week, thus having the tendency of undermining students unionism.
Speaking at the press conference, the President of NUSS, Ibrahim Idrissa Mansaray, said that some of the issues bothering them are the increment in fees; he said that 100% increment has been affected in the fees of courses offered within the university. This they believed is not consistent with the current economic trends, as well as the services provided by the university.
Secondly the rustication of students and the withholding of the result of the former students union Presidents of Fourah Bay College.
The president said that 32 students have been rusticated on account of the following allegations; illegal occupation and publication of inciting press release, taking into consideration the high level of illiteracy, such decisions can only undermine the development of the country that is in dire need of human resources.
Thirdly, the transportation crisis has still remained a perennial issue especially at a time when students in most colleges do not have accommodation, and has posed a serious challenge on their academic output, inadequate lecture room and furniture, campuses across the country are plagued with this problem; and a classic example he said, is the situation at IPAM and COMAHS, where students scramble for lecture room.
These and many more issues are the concerns of the students and therefore the need for the press conference.
On this note, they are requesting that these fees be reduced considerably and that the issue of the 32 rusticated students be given due consideration with a view of exonerating them and a release of the result of the former President of the Fourah Bay College student’s union in due time, while other concerns be looked at thoroughly.
By Nancy Koroma