In a bid to strengthening the legal system and education in Sierra Leone and the sub-region, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has donated over 1,000 copies of law books to the department of Social Sciences and Law at Fourah Bay College through a project entitled: ‘The Algernon Montage Sierra Leone Book Project.
Before the official presentation of the books, the president of the Sierra Leone Special Court Hon. Justice George Gelaga King expressed great appreciation for the administration of the University of Sierra Leone for up keeping the university after eleven years of rebel war.
He explained that the consignment was in two folds: the first consignment of over 500 copies would go to the Law School of Sierra Leone and over 1000 copies for Fourah Bay College.
Expressing affection for the college, Justice King noted that Fourah Bay College still maintained its standard as the “Athens of West Africa”.
He stated that the project was initiated by John Try and Eric Jean-Pierre of the Kingston University in the United Kingdom who had planned to give more support to legal education in Sierra Leone if the first gesture would be judiciously utilized.
Acknowledging receipt of the books the acting deputy chancellor of Fourah Bay College, Dr Dan Foday, registered gratitude to the Special Court and donor or trustee the United Kingdom.
He noted that after the rebel war the college had been able to survive on donations from donors, friends and well wishers.
Dr Dan Foday expressed optimism that other organizations and people would emulate the Special Court.
Eventhough there were multiple books, he said, the focus of the gesture was on the Faculty of Law, noting that other faculties at the university were in dire need of assistance, he therefore pleaded to benefactors to consider the other faculties at the university to promote quality education.
“These books would not be locked up in cupboards to accumulate dust but would be judiciously utilized to the advantage of the students,” he said.
Giving the background to the project, director and trustee Eric Jean Pierre explained that some four years ago, he and his colleague lecturers at the law school at the Kingston University initiated an idea of assisting legal education in Sierra Leone and that that dream came to reality with the support of friends law firms and donors in the United Kingdom.
He maintained that their aim was not to support individuals, but Sierra Leone as a country through the legal education system to meet the needs of Sierra Leone and the sub-region.
The Dean of Social Sciences and Law, Dr Osman Gbla in receiving the books, stated that the gesture came at the most appropriate time and promised to use them judiciously for the benefit of the students.
He also extended a collaborative relationship to Kingston University in the UK to boost education in Sierra Leone.
The occasion was chaired by Mr S.N Dumbuya the university registrar.
By Solomon Rogers