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IPAM to be relocated to Bureh Town

…as administration spends  USD700m on rent

March 29, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai

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Prof. Allyson Sesay, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of IPAM

Authorities of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), have put plans in place to relocate the campus from Freetown to Bureh Town, in the Western Area Rural District.

The above development was disclosed to Concord Times by Prof. Allyson Sesay, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of IPAM, in an exclusive interview at his University Secretariat office on Tower Hill on Tuesday, 28th March, 2017.

“We are currently holding lectures in six different locations in Freetown. We pay a whopping sum of seven hundred million United States Dollars (USD700m) on rent every year. With the help of my predecessor, Prof. Ekundayo Thompson, we are putting up a seven-storey building, which costs 5.5 million United States Dollars on Tower Hill, for teaching and learning purposes,” he said, adding that the building would be ready for use by June 2017.

Prof. Allyson Sesay disclosed that they have acquired over sixty-four (64.4) acres of land at Bureh Town in order to construct a residential campus for IPAM students.

 He noted that the proposed new IPAM campus at Bureh Town will hosts undergraduate students, whilst the one at Tower Hill will be used for consultancies, short courses and post-graduates studies.

“We have already got Nigerian estate developers, with Chinese backing, who are ready to pre-finance 75% of the fund needed for the development of the campus at Bureh Town. We are only waiting for a topography survey which will be conducted in the next few months before the proper work starts,” he disclosed.

Over the years, IPAM has been able to attract influx of students, who are yearning to get their certificates, Diplomas and Degrees.

Asked what have been the magic behind the attraction of students to study at IPAM, Prof. Sesay said they are the business arm of the University of Sierra Leone (USL), adding that the aspiration these days was for people to acquire training in business.

He noted that they offer regular and short courses in procurement, accountancy, secretarial, business entrepreneurship, among others.

“We offer facilities for people who work during the day. We have classes going on at even 10pm. We also have external program locations in Kenema, Bo, Kono and Makeni. The introduction of new courses, especially in banking and finance, is attracting a lot of students,” he stated.

In every institution, there are a few challenges and Prof. Sesay disclosed that IPAM’s major challenge has been staffing.

 He said: “At IPAM, we have a whole lot of part-time lecturers because it is difficult to attract qualified lecturers who get more money from other institutions than the colleges. Imagine somebody has worked for a whole day and is coming to teach, he must have got tired.”

He said they wanted  to see the percentage of full-time lecturers  increased, adding that since he took up office in 2014, he has been able to recruit quite a number of full-time lecturers.

He disclosed that most of the infrastructural development that they have embarked on in recent years has been funded from internally generated revenue.

 

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