Njala Students Demo


By Aruna Kamara In Bo

Students of Njala University, past Monday demonstrated against the University Administration for delaying to pay them what is due them after attending to five-day training on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The School of Community and Health Science at Paramedical in Bo which houses the University was a scene of protest by final year students of Njala University, demanding for the payment of their ten dollar allowances and refund of their transportations.

Report gathered by this press indicates that IOM entered into an agreement with Njala University to train over three thousand students for the treatment of minor diseases and that the  money was deposited into the University’s account for the said training. According to students, the administration of the university requested that they attend to the IPC training after they had gone on holidays.

The Provincial Security Committee led by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Mustapha Kamara went to the scene to pacify the situation and urged the administration to pay the students what was due them.

The Civil Society Chairman, Jeremy Ben Simbo said they have informed the authorities of the university to fast-rack the payment of the students, stating  that when  the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University was contacted, he described the act as a big disgrace to the University and promised to pay the students.

Meanwhile, the Southern Region Public Relations Officer of a civil Society organisation, Fodie Daboh has confirmed that payment has been made past Tuesday.

Some of the affected students further confirmed to this press that they have received their pay but however expressed dismay over the delay.

“We want to thank the civil society and the Police for their intervention,’’ a student remarked, adding that  the Vice Chancellor, also played a part as he responded to their  numerous text messages, called., and assured us of the payment which we have now received.

Some of members of the administration of the University who spoke on conditions of animosity said that it was not a deliberate act, as they were working on the processes to pay the students, which, he said, was misconstrued.

Report reaching this medium intimate that an investigation will be mounted into the use of the money received from IOM.