The new President of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS) Felix Koroma has disclosed that the fight against violence in Schools and the Universities will be his priority as he takes up office.
Speaking to Awoko in an exclusive interview yesterday, Mr Koroma disclosed that tackling violence among students, massive educational programmes and a non-violence campaign in Schools and tertiary institutions will be vigorously pursued. He stated that they will be using the Schools as the starting point to gain some success.
The NUSS President further told Awoko that he had many things in mind to tackle as the president more so when he saw how the elections for the NUSS presidency ended in controversy. With that he continued as a leader he shall ensure he brings the entire students and institutions onboard.
The present NUSS President is also a student from Fourah Bay College where recently there were violent elections which led the college administration to give a quit notice to all students to vacate their rooms. Mr Koroma remarked “That is going to be my utmost concern and I have found out that from my own point of view and observations that some of these elections at the various colleges were controlled by people out of the colleges who had finished college but still want to regulate the activities of students. It is now my duty to let the students know that and have it at the back of their minds that they are the models of society who should live an exemplary life to be followed by the pupils from the schools”.
About his view on the numerous camps, fraternities and the black and white groups that is tearing students apart, he responded “Frankly speaking, I must say it is good to belong and everyone has the right to as it is part of the fundamental human rights of association but the only thing I conjecture that is missing in this right of belonging is tolerance. And if people should accept one another and respect each other for where they belong things will move along”.
He debunked views that his election as NUSS President was not politically motivated from the national politics point of view but was voted because the student thought he could deliver. On what he thought about the role of NUSS, he said “By the Act of parliament that instituted NUSS, I believe we are a civil society group to look at the affairs of students and also issues nationally that are pertinent to the lives of students”.
The new NUSS President Felix Koroma holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is an L.L.B II student at Fourah Bay College.
By Ishmael Bayoh