Verification exercise for USL staff commences


November 28, 2018

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

USL Principal Prof. Foday Sahr signs the verification book after submitting his documents

The University of Sierra Leone (USL) yesterday started a rigorous verification exercise involving their staff, at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), Tower Hill, Freetown.

Speaking to journalist immediately after presenting and verifying his documents, Vice Chancellor & Principal, Prof. Foday Sahr said the verification process was being conducted to check for staff with fake certificates.

He said the exercise would restore faith in the university as a centre for the attainment of quality education, adding that the varsity has done similar exercise for students.

The varsity don noted that the verification process has been an ongoing process as part of President Maada Bio’s vision to attain free quality education.

“Already we have verified over 94 people from IPAM, 93 from College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, 202 from Fourah Bay College, and 55 from USL secretariat,” he said.

Prof. Sahr said the response from staff so far has been good, adding that they have engaged both staff and academics on the relevance of the process.

He revealed that students union government would be reintroduced in all colleges within the country, citing NJala University which he said already has one in place.

Chairman of the Verification Committee, Dr. Dalton Faulkner, said their mandate includes verifying the documents of staffs at the university, noting that the ball-rolling started with the principal of USL and that the entire process is expected to end in January 2019.

Dr. Faulkner said the verification process has been challenging as some staff cannot trace their certificates and diploma, noting that they would contact concerned authorities to ascertain whether such individuals had graduated from their institutions.