February 23, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
Authorities of Fourah Bay College (FBC) were happy to have received both a lecturer, Dr. Anna Bennis, who will be teaching at the Department of Biological Sciences for four months, and other donated equipment for the same department.
However, the most worrying revelation at the handing over ceremony of the donated science equipment, in the Conference Room of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of FBC on Wednesday was that, there was only one lecturer at the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences.
Dr. Babatunde Karim, Dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, while making his statement during the ceremony, said the donation was timely especially when they were developing new courses and reviewing their curricula.
He described the donated items as “very few but of high quality and expensive.”
“The donated items will be used to train students in molecular cell biology. The new lecturer, Anna Bennis, will bring her expertise to us and the students. She is here basically to teach and do research for the next four months,” he said.
He disclosed that there was only one lecturer at the Department of Physics and that there was need for more, noting that few years ago, the university authorities employed a lecturer, who was an expert in DNA Technology for the department and that they faced a huge financial challenge to maintain such an expert.
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of FBC, Prof. Sahr Gbamanja, reiterated that Dr. Anna Bennis was at FBC to offer free teaching to the Department of Biological Sciences.
He added that there was no financial burden on FBC for the services she would be rendering to the college but rather, they would only provide her accommodation.
“We want to tell Dr. Anna Bennis that she would be in good hands of the FBC authorities. Our laboratory really needs equipment. We also want Dr. Bennis to know that the items will be well utilised,” he said.
Dr. Anna Bennis from the University of Amsterdam said the she will use the donated equipment to teach first year students offering biology and third year students offering biochemistry.
“Most of the funds provided for this equipment are from the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. The organisations made input to the equipment. I am looking forward to start teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences,” she said.
Acting Head of Department of Biological Sciences, Mrs. Fatmata Kaiwa, said students as well as lecturers at the department will immensely gain from the expertise of Dr. Anna Bennis.
She added that Dr. Bennis will also have to teach and train students in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS).