AUGUST 29, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The government, through the University of Sierra Leone, Wednesday signed a consultancy agreement with BADEA for the rehabilitation of the Fourah Bay College (FBC) campus, including the renovation of the college’s hostels as well as providing more infrastructure facilities.
Project Manager, Sorie Manday Kanu, disclosed that funds for the US$36.65 million project will be provided by OFID-US$13 million, Saudi Fund-US$12 million, BADEA-US$8 million, with the government of Sierra Leone accounting for US$3.65 million.
He stated that the consultant has already started work, with the necessary paperwork now being finalised, adding, “The construction work will take 18 months.”
Giving a background of the project, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, stated that the BADEA project started under Professor Jonas Redwood-Sawyer as Principal and Vice Chancellor of FBC. He noted that Fourah Bay College, which was the first university not only in the country but in the sub-region, is experiencing difficulties in terms of infrastructure development.
“The signing of the consultancy for the rehabilitation of the FBC campus comes amidst calls for the university to be upgraded. This rehabilitation will help in returning the college to its former status,” the minister said and assured that the project will be well supervised because his ministry is very much concerned about the state of education in the country.
Also speaking, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone (USL), Dr. Modupeh Taylor-Pearce, noted that the university is in a race for progress, which requires higher standard.
“The university is one of the agents of development. It is known for higher standard of learning which we want to maintain by rehabilitating the infrastructure facilities of the college,” he said, while applauding the Ministry of Education and the government for turning their attention towards improving the educational sector.
On his part, acting Vice Chancellor & Principal of the USL, Professor E.J.D. Thompson, described the signing of the consultancy agreement as “a celebration of a renewal of education and the quest for excellence and progress”.
He maintained that the project is very important because “it will create the physical environment that will enable quality learning” which, according to him, is in line with Pillar 3 of the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’.
Chief Consultant of the project, Thomas Koroma, informed that a visit had already been made to the site and that they have seen what is required of them.