Abu Bakar Maada Massaquoi, a final Honours One Bsc.Hons at Njala University has said the outcry of students at Njala is change.
Maada is aspiring for the presidency of the Njala students’ union. He told Awoko that what ignited him to aspire for that position was because “the entire students’ body is wishing for change and they see vision in my leadership and it was against that backdrop that I decided to run for the presidency”.
Explaining what he would do when he becomes president, he said students’ affairs would be his utmost priority as he would look into the area of university tuition fees. “In the 2005-06 academic year fees were Le 945,000 for undergraduate students but now it is Le1,036,000 for those in the information technology, they have received a million Leones increment from 1.8- 2.8 million Leones,” he noted.
He also mentioned the examinations fees which were in the increase, the transportation in availability and other issues propelling the return of Njala to its original campus as areas seriously affecting students.
Maada discouraged the politics of violence and ‘campism’ which he referred to as issues affecting students’ unionism and progress.
“The sole essence the Maada Massaquoi government will embark on will be to connect the administrative body to that of the seat of power amicably,” he noted, adding that, “the university is so much hungry for change and the change they want has a direction and that direction leads towards the consolidation of peace and security for which my government will be built around and will have ideals to uphold and I want colleague students to know that if they vote for me, I will provide them a leadership with a higher vision that will always be with them”
By Ishmael Bayoh