Over $18 million to transform Sierra Leone’s Milton Margai College
The principal of the Milton Margai Technical University (MMTU), Dr Philip Kanu has revealed that Government had secured over $ 18 million to transform the Goderich, Congo Cross and Brookfields campuses of the Milton Margai Technical University, even though the project was not part of government’s manifesto pledge.
Dr Kanu made the disclosure on Friday 9th July at a press conference at the Great Hall of the Goderich campus on the transitioning of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology to the Milton Margai Technical University.
He commended President Bio for his vision and commitment to advancing the cause of education in general, and his determination to take the institution to the pinnacle of academia. He admonished the students to be studious and take full advantage of the opportunity at their door step.
The principal assured that quality would be maintained to achieve excellence and set goals. “I will ensure that high standards are maintained, develop a work plan, classrooms fitted with projectors and white markers and provide the requisite training for staff”, said Dr Kanu.
He recalled the heydays of college for producing the best English Language and Mathematics teachers, which beg the question “what went wrong?, adding that the new establishment would prioritize the development career path for lecturers both in and out of the country, that a website would be created for lecturers to undertake internal courses and enhance resource mobilization to generate income for the growth of the Technical University.
He went on to reveal that the college has the biggest laboratory in the sub-region while other departments and lecturers are working frantically to generate funds for the institution by undertaking consultancies and business enterprises, called on all to come onboard the development train asserting that his administration would embark on infrastructural development to create a conducive learning environment for students highlighting that workshops and laboratories would be constructed for practical work but warned that discipline would not be compromised disclosing, “some students would soon be expelled from this college.”
The principal further urged students to attend classes regularly, submit their assignments and pay fees on time warning that only students who have fully paid their fees would be allowed to take their examinations and informed that fees would be increase for the Technical University status.
He asserted that his administration would provide teaching and learning materials and that students would be restricted from accessing the Examinations Office. He concluded that the new Technical University is to train instructors to teach in technical/vocational institutions nationwide to give value to technicians and disclosed that the administration had contacted the Egyptian, German and other embassies and institutions for partnership and support and that staff would be re-categorized.
Earlier in his welcome statement, the Vice Principal and Director of Studies, Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh described the day as historic for the college, recalling that they had come a long way to realize this dream citing 1975 when the college had the wherewithal to become a university after the Education Department at Fourah Bay College would have been closed but that it was not realized.
He commended Dr. Philip Kanu for his vision, dynamism, determination and commitment as well as for being a fearless and resolute General in the battlefield. He acclaimed the Deans of Faculties, Heads of Departments, lecturers, the administration as well as junior and supporting staff and students for realizing this great achievement asserting that previous principals did not have the courage to pursue the initiative.
According to Dr Mohamed Alie Jalloh, the struggle has now begun and that now is the time to work harder for quality and do what is right as the college has now been transformed from “abysmal darkness to transcendental light” assuring that they would not let the country down as the new status is a challenge due to the fact that Technical University is a new dawn in the country’s educational system. Highlights of the well-attended event, chaired by the college’s Public Relations Officer, Ms. Elizabeth Sesay, were the messages of felicitations and the question and answer session.
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