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As FBC gets two new buses…

Fees reduction to be announced

By Victoria Saffa

After three academic years of transportation difficulties for students of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, the university administration has procured two new buses at a cost of Le661,818,000, which are due to be commissioned in the new year.

According to the acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University, Professor Ekundayo Jonathan David Thompson, students will have no reason to be late for lectures when the new buses start plying the Fourah Bay College campus-Berry Street route.

He noted that the number of students enrolled at the college has rapidly increased as in the 2012/2013 academic year, five thousand, seven hundred and forty-nine (5,749) new students were recommended for admission to the three constituent colleges – Fourah Bay College, Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), and College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) – including two thousand, seven hundred and seventy-four (2,774) females, which represent 48%.

Professor Thompson revealed that three members of the academic staff were last year promoted to the rank of full professors: they are Professor Lawrence Kamara of the Mathematics Department; Professor S.M. Gavao of the Haematology Department; and Professor Joe A.D. Alie of the History Department.

He said the university is grappling with the formidable challenge of admitting an ever increasing large number of qualified secondary school leavers into various programmes and courses, and that the challenge of limited physical facilities, including lecture rooms and laboratory space, is being vigorously addressed.

He said that with the support of the government, Fourah Bay College will soon embark on a US$36.5 million joint BADEA-Saudi fund project which will constitute the renovation of the students’ hostels and several other existing structures on the campus, as well as the construction of new buildings.

He said IPAM is utilizing internally generated funds to finance the construction of a six-storey multi-purpose building at their Tower Hill campus worth US$3.9 million, whilst COMAHS will soon embark on renovating the nurses’ hostel at Lightfoot Boston Street.

He congratulated the government for the replacement of the subvention policy and the subsidization of fees to all students in the university to cushion the effect of fees increase on parents, guardians and sponsors, adding that the new reduced fees will be soon be announced for the information of all concerned.