By Victor Massaquoi
Tertiary education is becoming expensive, and, so, to help parents/sponsors of underprivileged, yet academically exceptional and determined students, who would like to pursue university education, Njala University is to grant fifty (50) full scholarships to students from the surrounding communities of Njala and across the country, starting October 1st, 2014.
The Vice Chancellor & Principal of Njala University, Professor Abu Sesay, while formally announcing the scholarships and other developments in the last six months, emphasized that “every academically astute and promising child will have a chance to benefit, but most importantly, disadvantaged girls and those applying to the hard sciences will be given priority”. The criteria for the scholarships will be robust yet responsive to the educational needs of our university entrants.
Professor Sesay expressed profound gratitude to Dr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, for the support, noting that the scholarship awardees will be called the Bola Ahmed Tinubu (or BAT) scholars, and they would be invited to Nigeria, once a year, to attend a conference for BAT scholars.
In addition to Dr. Tinubu’s scholarship support, Njala will very soon construct an ultra-modern dormitory for hundreds of students at the Njala main campus. This new dormitory will enhance the current living conditions and learning environment of students at Njala, especially now that new academic programs, including development communication, food and nutrition technology have been introduced to meet contemporary demand for cutting-edge trainings.
In another development, the Vice Chancellor & Principal has made an avid plea to those who graduated from Njala University College, then, and Njala University, now, to go and collect their certificates and diplomas. He strongly advised graduates going for their diplomas and certificates to follow the established processes and procedures, adding that they should not pay any money to any University staff, but the bank, and tender the deposit slip to the Registrar’s office as a way to reduce corruption in education.
In closing, the Vice Chancellor & Principal thanked the Sierra Leone Police for the new police station to be constructed at Njala as part of the University’s drive to shore up security on campus and ensure the safety and security of students. He also expressed appreciation for the good work his staff members are doing in developing a new specialized Ph.D for current academic and administrative staff members with strong master’s degrees.