THE NATIONAL UNION OF SIERRA LEONE STUDENTS (NUSS) CALLS ON AUTHORITIES TO TAKE SPEEDY ACTION ON THE NJALA UNIVERSITY CRISIS.
The National Union of Sierra Leone Students is observing with *shocking disbelief the funeral pace authorities have adopted in resolving the impasse at the Njala University.* It is our conviction that this does not stand in congruity with the Government’s pronouncement in prioritizing the educational sector at all. For almost a period of two months now the relevant authorities have not been able to reach an amicable end with the University Administration in settling this crisis; and there seems no sign for an imminent resolution. This crisis does not only run at a huge cost of the future of these students (many of whose parents have gone through great difficulty to scrape their full tuition fee together), it also presents a dreadful picture of a country caught up in the nightmare of uplifting her human resource capacity.
*As a union, we will make no secret of our displeasure over the tortoise’s pace at which the Njala issue has been handled. There is a great sense of disappointment among students over the growing offhand attitude authorities show to important issues affecting the student populace. This attitude will only bring increasing misery, bitterness, and resentment to the numerous students who ought to be the real beneficiaries of the implementation of the massive promises authorities have made to the students of this country.*
Being a leadership that believes in sharing our perception in identifying strategic solutions to the challenges facing students in Sierra Leone, we have met with authorities at the *Ministry of Education, Science and Technology* and other stakeholders on the Njala crisis. It is therefore sad that the said crisis is still lumbering in this fashion. *The suffering students at Njala University and our efforts in resolving the issue deserve a better treatment!*
Meanwhile, the Union wishes to seize this chance to equally express our double grievances over Government’s seeming reluctance to address an earlier call from the same to resolve the thorny constraints of transportation bewildering students across the country.
We, therefore, call on the authorities concerned to examine these issues speedily in the best interest of the students. *We must not be seen to be dragging our feet in dealing with very critical and sensitive issues such as these; lest we continue to go to bed everyday with the harrowing fear of a negative consequence should the issue continue to be treated lightly*. NUSS stands in solidarity with the students at Njala University for a quick end to the protracted strike action.
*Long Live Students’ Unionism!!*
*Long Live NUSS!!*
*Abu Bakarr Bangura,*
*Osman Bikal Kamara,*
*25th February, 2017.*