January 25, 2018 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Dr. Denis Sandy, a lecturer at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, yesterday launched his book titled ‘The Dark Side of Sierra Leone’s Development in the 21st Century’ at the Mary Kingsley auditorium.
Launching the book, Professor Joe A.D. Alie said it is imperative for academics to frequently write books so that they could bring out challenges facing the country.
He however bemoaned poor facilities for academics in the country to do comprehensive writings for publications, thus thanking Dr. Denis Sandy, lecturer at the Department of Economics and Commerce, for having written such an inspiring book that hinges on development in Sierra Leone.
“Writing in this country is not an easy venture. I started writing since 1978. It is a difficult process and poorly rewarded especially in Sierra Leone. I want to congratulate Dr. Sandy for writing this book at this crucial moment. We do not have another choice but to write and publish as academics. The launching today is a challenge to us in the academic field because it is imperative on us to continue writing,” he said.
While giving an overview of the book, Prof. David J. Francis of the University of Bradford said the book represents a true picture of the past and current situation of the country, adding that Dr. Sandy must be commended for making it possible despite all the odds.
“The Dark Side of Sierra Leone’s Development’ represents all that has gone wrong in the country. The book is organised in six chapters. The content of the book explains why development has been lagging behind in Sierra Leone,” said Prof. Francis.
According to the author, ordinary people he interviewed stated unequivocally that the current All Peoples Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) are responsible for the underdevelopment of Sierra Leone.
Guest of honour at the launch, Madam Fatima Bio, commended Dr. Sandy for his work, adding that Sierra Leone has a lot of resources but its people are still wallowing in poverty.
“I love the title of the book because it is dealing with real issues. We have all the resources but the human capital is neglected. And when this happens, the country will not progress. That is why my husband [Julius Maada Bio] has laid premium on education. The Africa continent is called the darkest continent, but we can change the narrative when we have government that has respect for education,” she said.
“Bio [the presidential candidate of the SLPP] believes in education and that is why he is still learning to make sure that Sierra Leonean children have access to affordable and quality education,” concluded Mrs. Bio.