ALL SMILES … Country Manager Gayle Martin in warm handshake with Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdullah Mansaray
The World Bank Sierra Leone Country Office Tuesday October 30 donated IT equipment, including computers and communication devices, to Njala University College at a short ceremony held at the Bank’s offices on Spur Road, Freetown. The items were received by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abdullah Mansaray.
Handing over the equipment, Country Manager Gayle Martin spoke about the Bank’s wide-ranging support towards the education sector, not least internet connectivity to universities across the country and technical assistance to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission (SLTSC). She reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to continue supporting education and other sectors.
Earlier, IT Analyst, Sidris Benka-Coker, explained the Bank’s policy on the transfer/donation of used items, noting that the University’s IT Department explicitly wrote to the Bank requesting for the donation of used IT equipment. “The World Bank Group is donating the items ‘as is’,” he emphasized.
On behalf of the University, the Vice Chancellor thanked the Country Manager and team for the good gesture and assured that the equipment will be used for its intended purpose. He spoke about his administration’s desire to enhance internet penetration to improve the learning environment and looked forward to more collaboration between his institution and the Bank.
A Country Office Assets Disposal Committee convened and agreed on the transfer/donation of the items to a government-owned university as stipulated in the Bank’s guidelines for disposal of IT equipment. The Committee decided on Njala University after a thorough review of all proposals submitted.
Njala University is a multi-disciplinary university established in 1964 on the model of the American Land Grant University. It was established by USAID in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then it has served as one of the most renowned universities in the country preparing undergraduate and postgraduate students for careers in teaching, agricultural extension and in various specialties in the environmental and community health sciences, social sciences, natural resources and in information technology.