NOVEMBER 27, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The National Revenue Authority (NRA) yesterday (26th November) donated a 24-seater bus to Fourah Bay College to alleviate transportation constraints by students to and from the Mount Aureol campus.
Speaking at the donation ceremony, NRA Commissioner-General, Haja Kallah-Kamara said the donation was part of their corporate social responsibility, not least because majority of their staff are alumni of the college.
“We are aware of the economic, environmental and social impacts of our operations to society. It is therefore in our interest and that of the country as a whole to focus attention on social responsibility particularly at this difficult time,” Madam Kallah-Kamara stated.
She said the bus was donated in the spirit of the college’s motto, “Non Sibi Sed Allis”, which translates to English as “Not for Self, but for Others”, adding that the former ‘Athens of Africa’ has produced scores of good products in the country and Africa who have contributed tremendously to the development of nations.
She noted that education is a right and not a privilege and that the revenue authority is now working with the University of Sierra Leone to train students in various aspects of revenue collection.
Also speaking, NRA Board Chairman, Sulaiman Kabba-Koroma, said the donation of the brand new 24-seater Toyota bus to the college was significant because FBC holds a proud heritage that is relevant to history, culture, education and development of the country.
The FBC alumnus said it is now widely recognized that sustainable development cannot be achieved by government alone, as big corporations and parastatals are increasingly being looked upon to assist government’s development agenda, through corporate social responsibility.
He said “that is the reason why corporate social responsibility is now part of the Performance Tracking Table (PTT) to ensure MDAs contribute to a number of core developmental issues such as education, health and agriculture”.
Mr. Kabba-Koroma said Fourah Bay College is an icon and a citadel of learning in Africa and that the institution needs support at all times to contribute to nation building.
“We have followed with keen interest in recent development within the college campus and its environs which includes the rehabilitation of the hostel and the redesigning of the road leading to the campus. Consequently, students have not been resident and naturally the issue of safe and reliable mode of transportation has become a challenge,” he said.
In his statement, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor Ekundaya J.D. Thompson thanked NRA for the donation and revealed that they had commissioned two buses to ease transportation to and from campus.
Professor Thompson said the bus would solve the problem of rickety taxis and the danger of motorbikes plying the FBC route, adding that the college needs at least five buses to help solve transportation constraints.