The University of Sierra Leone has received a new Vice Chancellor and Principal at a ceremony held at the University secretariat Tower Hill in Freetown. The handing over ceremony attracted staff of the university and recently appointed deputy vice chancellors of the constituent colleges of the university including Fourth Bay College and the Institute of Public administration and Management.
In his handing over address, outgoing Vice Chancellor and Principal USL Professor Ekundayo J. D Thompson congratulated Professor Foday Sahr on his appointment to serve in the highest office of the university noting that his appointment was not a surprise but one that was achieved out of hard work, commitment and passion for the advancement of university education. I am pleased that someone with high level of discipline in addition to a good track record of scholarship has been appointed said Professor Thompson adding that Professor Foday Sahr brings with him to the office of the Vice Chancellor and Principal, specialized knowledge in his field of study and practice, administrative experience, having been in the university system and having been academic and administrative head of the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS). The outgoing Vice Chancellor and Principal of USL Professor Thompson also mentioned partner institutions including Njala university, The Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology, The Milton Margai College of Education and Technology and Freetown Teachers College for their collaborative effort during his term of office.
Professor Foday Sahr in his response thanked Professor Thompson for steering the mantle of university leadership over the years in spite of challenges. He mentioned the period of the Ebola disease which interrupted the academic calendar of the university among other things whilst appreciating that both students and staff were still engaged in research and service delivery in the university. Professor Foday Sahr pointed out that he will always consult his predecessor because of his experience and wished him well in his life time endeavors.
Left to Right Brigadier General Professor Foday Sahr Vice Chancellor and Principal USL shaking hands with Professor Ekundayo J.D Thompson outgoing Vice Chancellor and Principal USL after the handing over ceremony at the VC&P Office Tower Hill
In a related development Professor Sahr P. T Gbamanja Deputy Vice Chancellor Fourth Bay College has handed over to Professor Laurence Kamara at a ceremony that was witnessed by the College Senior administrative Staff and Academic staff at ceremony held at the DVC committee Room at Fourth Bay College. Professor Gbamanja outgoing DVC of FBC said Professor Kamara is an alumnus of FBC and also not a stranger to the college administration. Profesor Gbamanja stated that he has tried to rebrand the College during his tenure adding that most of the infrastructure was in a dilapidated state when he assumed office some six years ago. The outgoing DVC of FBC spoke on the status of the BADEA project pointing out that work has progressed very well with the completion of the hostels, rehabilitation of staff quarters, construction of additional new staff quarters, construction of additional classroom blocks, , Architecture building, Institute of Library Information and Communication Studies building, the reconstruction of the Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre and bore hole for water supply . Professor Gbamanja also mentioned the provision of transportation facility for student, the Estate department and security personnel on campus.
The outgoing DVC of FBC however expressed dissatisfaction over alumni support, the non-existence of Student Union government, the non-compliance of students to register and weak government funding. He said handing over is a process and expressed his willingness to always respond to calls from his successor if need be.
Left to Right Professor Laurence Kamara Deputy Vice Chancellor of Fourth Bay College shaking hands with Professor Sahr P.T Gbamanja outgoing Deputy Vice Chancellor of Fourth Bay College after the handing over ceremony at the DVC Committee Room at Fourth Bay College Mount Aureol.
Professor Laurence Kamara the deputy Vice Chancellor of Fourth Bay College expressed his appreciation to the outgoing DVC and praised him for the legacies that have been left in the College. He pointed out that he will work assiduously to complete the unfinished projects on campus adding that his administration will be hinged on participatory leadership, consultation and contribution of ideas to achieve the optimal result.
Professor Kamara however mentioned the slow pace at which the BADEA project was implemented especially in the area of selecting buildings that are due urgent attention for rehabilitation. He encouraged all faculty and staff to be punctual at work and on time, demonstrate commitment and sincerity at work in a bid to have value for money adding that the ability to align relevant people to achieve the goal of the new direction was part of his open door policy.
Moreover, the Institute of Public Administration and Management also changed the hand of leadership following a similar ceremony held at its Tower Hill campus. The outgoing Deputy Vice Chancellor of IPAM Professor Allyson Alimamy Sesay in his handing over note mentioned that his successor Professor Edmond Nuni has been a long standing friend in the spheres of academia among others. He said that he was able to pursue his mission at IPAM during four years owing to his experience and vision in pursuing excellence with an unwavering and persuasive integrity. Professor Allyson pointed out that he had encouraged the faculty members to improve on their scholarship and also bring in qualified staff. The outgoing DVC of IPAM reported that he was working on the establishment of a permanent campus for IPAM at Bureh Town at the far west of Freetown adding that the Chief Minister had requested his inclusion in pursing that goal. Professor Sesay mentioned that he met IPAM on a sound financial status and that he was leaving the institute on the same financial footing.
Left to Right Professor Edmond Nuni DVC IPAM receiving the handing note from Professor Allyson Alimamy Sesay
Professor Edmond Nuni DVC IPAM expressed his appreciation and praised his predecessor for his commitment to hard work and diligent service rendered during his tenure and that he will continue in the same trend and do more. He pointed out that his leadership will be seeking for inclusiveness and dedication to hard work adding that he will always consult his predecessor when need be.