The transportation difficulty faced by students and workers at Fourah Bay College is getting worse more than ever, as authorities of the University of Sierra Leone have selected the campus as an additional examination venue for students of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM).
The situation was terrible last week when a NISSAN tipper which is meant for transporting sand was loaded with university students who were struggling to go home after writing their exams.
In an interview with Awoko, a Masters student from IPAM, Abdulai Sesay referred to the situation as “ridiculous and horrible” stressing that it is strange to see this in any advanced university in the world.
Sesay lamented that the university authorities are not concerned about the welfare of the students, as they are just interested in imposing exorbitant charges without providing facilities for students. Comparatively, he said that the situation at the IPAM campus is far better than that at FBC even though they have always been day scholars.
A Level Three student of the Engineering Faculty at Fourah Bay College, Alimu Jalloh told Awoko that the ugly scene is one of the minor challenges that they face on campus. “I only feel pity for our friends from IPAM because transportation problem is no longer new to us.”
Jalloh lamented that they are faced with numerous problems ranging from registrations, accommodation, toilet facilities and sanitation. Most of these he said they are paid for every year. He told Awoko that they were evicted from the campus by university authorities with the excuse of rehabilitating hostels and providing other facilities but up till now, they cannot see any sign of renovation.
He challenged that the idea of FBC being chosen as an examination venue for IPAM was very ironical, as the seating accommodation is not enough for even the students admitted to FBC, as most them usually stand to write during lectures.
A physically-challenged female student who asked to be anonymous, told Awoko that they face the greatest challenge among others, as they do not have the ability to fight for vehicles.
“I am mostly pitied by colleagues before I can get a vehicle to make my way to campus.”
She added that toilet facility is a major challenge for female students, as they normally go to the nearby bushes whenever they want to attend to the call of nature.
She called on government and other relevant bodies to help reduce the “bondage.”
By Keifa M. Jaward
Monday September 16, 2013