The School of Postgraduate Studies,Njala University has on Wednesday 20th May, 2020 approved the Masters of Philosophy Thesis of Augustine Musa Kamara of the Department of Agric Extension and Rural Sociology, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the Faculty Building, Njala University.
Mr. Kamara’s thesis presentation on ‘The Determinants of Adopting Patterns of Improved Rice Varieties among Small Holder Farmers in Kambia, Northern Western Sierra Leone’ was highly commended by both the external and Local Examiners and Supervisors.
Dr Abdulrahman Conteh, Director Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) who served as the External Examiner commended the Thesis for meeting what he referred to as the Njala University guidelines in conducting research of such nature.
He specifically praised the precision and clarity of the research, the strong samples and locations, the researcher’s familiarity with the literature, the topic and many more, expressed his satisfaction that the candidate has generally met the overall requirements for the award of the MPHIL even though he also emphasized that was not to say, the Thesis was free of issues.
He went on to point at a number of issues such as the researcher’s over reliance on external references in his Thesis especially to Nigeria and pointed out that a lot more of such references are available locally and that he should have explored them.
The Dean School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Dr Abdulrahman Sesay while commending the candidate challenged him to relate his research to the daily problems faced by our farmers.
He also encouraged him to recommend a particular training type for farmers to improve on their productions.
The School of Agriculture he went on is winning and producing laurels on a daily basis largely due to the leadership he is providing and the full cooperation he receives from his colleagues.
He noted that the rolling out of more and more Doctors and MHPIL candidates should be the trend if the School should take its rightful place in the University system.
The Candidate, Augustine Kamara disclosed that he was elated to have reached the end of what he described as a very long journey in his academic pursuit.
He indicated that he is very poised to do the necessary corrections to his Thesis with a view to once and for all finish the herculean task.
The candidate also recounted that he was very much challenged in terms of supervision which according to him was responsible for the longer period in completing the work.
He thanked and appreciated Dr Alieu M. Bah and Dr. Aldolphus Johnson, Heads Departments of Crop Science and Agric Extension and Rural Sociology for their relentless supervision and courage.
The Dean, Postgraduate Studies who also doubles as Deputy Vice Chancellor, Njala Campus and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Bashiru Koroma praised the Thesis and referred to it as one of the best works produced so far at Njala University.
He praised the Agric Extension and Rural Sociology Department for continuously blazing the trail in the academic journey.
He congratulated the candidate and disclosed that he has generally met the conditions for the award of an MPHIL and intimated him that a team of examiners have been constituted to look at the various corrections in his work within a period of three months leading to the final award.
Augustine Kamara joined Njala University in June, 2008 as an instructor in the School of Agric Extension and Rural Sociology after completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture General and later applied for the MPHIL program.
Credit: Public Relations Unit, Njala University