The University of Sierra Leone (USL) through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology on Wednesday confirmed an agreement with the Arab Bank of Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Fourah Bay College campus.
The Minister of Education Science and Technology, Minkalu Bah stated that the project will greatly develop the University of Sierra Leone especially in its infrastructural development.
Dr. Bah expressed the concern of Government in the improvement of education in the country, as he noted that the university is expected to provide quality education.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone Ekundayo Thompson recounted that the deplorable conditions of the Fourah Bay College Hostels urged the university authorities to vacate the campus.
Professor Thompson informed the gathering about the infrastructural development at Institute of Public Administration and Management campus where there is an on-going construction of both administrative and classroom structures.
The Acting Vice Chancellor noted that the University is determined to embark on more infrastructural development in order to provide a better atmosphere to accommodate both national and international students.
The Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of Fourah Bay College, Professor Sahr Gbamanja stated that the academic foundation of the University is still strong, despite the challenges it is undergoing.
Professor Gbamanja said the students of the university are anxiously waiting to see the start of the project and the university authorities will do everything in their power to supervise the project.
The Representative of the Ministry of Finance, Peter Sam-Kpakra told the gathering that a lot of internal arrangements relating to the rehabilitation process have been done and for which he pledged the total support of the Ministry in ensuring that the plan is implemented.
The BADEA Project Consultant, Thomas Koroma pledged total commitment to ensure that the rehabilitation is expedited which can greatly help the strides of the University to regain its glory.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Friday August 29, 2014