Njala tops USL in recent Africa rating

As standards are said to be falling within the University of Sierra Leone in terms of performance, the present Vice Chancellor and Principal of Njala University Professor Abu Sesay has disclosed that in a recent Africa University rating, “Njala was rated far ahead of the University of Sierra Leone.”
He made this disclosure in an interview with journalists on Monday after the official launching of the ‘Mainstreaming Food and Nutrition Security and the Right to Food into the Smallholder Commercialization Programme of Sierra Leone’ at the Njala University Guest House conference hall
According to Professor Sesay, there are three Universities presently operating in the country of which two are government owned. The University of Sierra Leone comprises of Fourah Bay College, IPAM and COMAHS, whilst Njala University stands alone and one private owned University that is University of Makeni (UNIMAK).
He opined that they do not rank Universities in Sierra Leone, but that there is an International body that does that rating every six months, and according to the most recent ranking,” Njala was rated number one in Sierra Leone and with respect to Africa countries where we have over 2,000 Universities, Njala University was ranked 163 whilst the University of Sierra Leone was rated 434.” According to reports from Dakar he disclosed , Njala University was ranked far ahead of University of Sierra Leone, “but still we are not satisfied with our present position, we need to do more to be in a better position than that” he said. He identified the need to improve on the middle level manpower to be number one in Africa.

The Vice Chancellor stated that as a way of assisting parents who cannot afford to pay transport fares for their children in order for them to go through the interview process for admission into the University, “for the first time in history we conducted interviews in the various districts to address that issue as we take the University to the people” which the parents appreciated greatly.

He maintained that in terms of housing facilities for both the lecturers and students, the ones at Njala are far better than those at Fourah Bay College which are presently in a dilapidated state pointing out that this was the reason why government gave them more monies to do renovation. The College of Medicine and Allied Health Science and the Institute of Public Administration and Management does not have accommodation facilities, he added.

“Presently, there is sixteen hours light at the University and it starts from 7am to 5pm and from 7pm to 1am to enable the students and lecturers to work effectively” he said. Prof Abu Sesay explained that when he took up office, there was only five hours light (electricity) at the University, pointing out that the transfer of the University from Freetown to Njala created so many impacts on their output but he was able to change the previous system in Freetown where grades were exchanged for money and other things he did not want to mention.

By Alhaji M. Kamara