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FBC Elections: The presidential candidate assures the students of a new path to Liberation and hope

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Leading contender and presidential hopeful in the upcoming Fourah Bay College Students ‘ Union Elections, Salamatu Kakay has on Thursday 25th August told an adoring crowd that when elected president, students will experience a new path to liberation, a liberation that speaks life to the changes students at Aureol dearly needed.

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Addressing her colleagues at the famous Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre grounds on FBC campus, she added that the path to liberation infuses collective hope and aspirations of the general studentship of their great university thus urging students about the need to divorce themselves from the politics of orthodoxy and embrace “the new path to Liberation”.

‘’The path to Liberation will unify and solidify the strength and depth of the true meaning and ideals of student unionism, against the diabolic agenda of student separatism that is enveloped in the mantra of “chosen few”. The new path to liberation predicates its desire to transform our great university and restore the sanctity of its lost glory. A path that speaks to the practical solutions in contrast to issues of integrity and accountability,’’ she said.

Salamatu Kakay said that she knows that the task she has taken upon herself to help restore the lost glory at the university is a difficult one, one that will not be done through a simplistic approach to the ordeals that beset the college student union but said with the firmest belief that the answers lie in everyone’s collective ability and commitment to solving them, thus serving as her strongest motivation.

‘’In view thereof, my team and I have tailored, streamed, and inexplicably narrowed down the solutions to the problems that are damaging to the needs of the general studentship of FBC into six (8) pillars of development. These pillars of development are herein referred to as the “The Path to Liberation”. These pillars are arranged into sectors but are not limited to the following: Education, Transportation, communication, health and sanitation, infrastructure, ICT, transparency, Infrastructure and security, and accountability, promoting social activities, and enhancing cohesion and cultural diversity,’’ Miss Salamatu Kakay noted.

The presidential hopeful added, that the problems facing the university are manifold, they are issues every student of Fourah Bay College can attest to be true and evident stating every student has collectively suffered the injustice of having to re-sit modules due to missing grades every academic year.

‘’We have collectively suffered the grave and adverse effects of an inefficient transport system. We have collectively suffered from the grossly dysfunctional state of our health facilities, even when our composite fees account for medical insurance. This manifesto lays the platform for students’ liberation on campus, thus, it is a student-centered manifesto,’’ the presidential hopeful lamented.

Commenting on the transportation issue, the third-year law student added, that there is no doubt that 95% of the general students are non-residents on campus, thus stating the need for transportation cannot in any way be overemphasized, stressing that transportation has been a perennial problem for students not residing on campus.

‘’Most students do miss early classes because of the motion-less queue at the model. The buses, which we had, are no longer in existence because of mismanagement; thus, has affected hugely the mobility of students’’

‘’My administration will endeavor to ensure that the required platform is created for students to explore their skills and utilize them to maximum benefit, to create a career path for their success in society after university. Thus, it is fitting to have a well-structured creative arts multi-purpose studio, which can serve as a platform to promote talent. My leadership will partner with History and African Studies and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to launch between December 7th- 15th, what will be known as FBC Culture-Fest, which will be a one-week event showcasing multiple activities that will be climaxed with an award ceremony for various categories of participants,’’ the presidential hopeful Kakay lamenting on her plan on social activities on campus.

The Child Activist went on to say that sport meets should never be canceled in an academic year adding not only will her government ensure that it holds, but said they will also work with the Ministry of Sports, Games and Sports Department, FBC, and the Administration to have sports included as part of student’s academic work thus saying, it helps in building a healthy lifestyle and further contributes to national laurels by having exceptional students participating in International competitions.

The Presidential hopeful called on students to give her their votes, as she will bring in a new path to liberation that will bring changes to the lives of students.

On his part, a final year law student Hymanson Johnson said on the 26th of July, he was opportune to introduce the Presidential hopeful Madam Salamatu Kakay to the general populace of Aureol, a moment he said ‘’gladdens his heart.’

‘’I will say that it gladdens my heart because she has proven beyond expectations. She indeed has made me become a believer in the feminist movement and subscribe to the quotation of Margret Thatcher, which says “In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” Ladies and gentlemen men, some questions have been asked but our opponents have refused to answer them, and based upon that we shall and will not vote for any candidate who is involved in academic fraud, nor will we vote for a candidate who conspired to embezzle our 100Million Dinner funds,’’ he said.

Johnson called on his fellow students to vote for Miss Salamatu Kakay whilst encouraging them to vote for a candidate with an unblemished character, and one who is willing to serve the student with her heart and mind.

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Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

Ishmael Sallieu Koroma is a multi – award-winning journalist and contributor at Salone Messenger based in Sierra Leone. He started his career in journalism in 2011 and has worked for both print and broadcast media He is the winner for the 2020 Merck Foundation Stay at “Home Media Award” bagging first position for the Print Category in West Africa with an award value of $500. Ishmael was among ten journalist that won the 2017 United States of America (USA) Embassy in Freetown Media fellowship Grant of $350 for the submission of a story idea titled ”The Rise of Social Media and its effect on Freedom of Expression in Sierra Leone. During the 2018 elections , Ishmael was a frequent interview host for the Senegal based West African Democracy Radio updating their global audience on Sierra Leone’s election , the unfolding events during and after the process of the most crucial election in the former British West African nation. Ishmael is the correspondent in Sierra Leone for the Efe- Spain’s International News Agency based in Madrid and writes extensively on different beats from Breaking news, news feature,articles among others. Also he writes as a freelance journalist with Pan African Visions online , a US based news platform whose aim is to write African stories to an International audience . Koroma has been contracted by leading media institution in the world and has worked on several projects and most recently with the Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG) and the Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF) based in Ghana on a six- month Project doing transitional Justice stories in Sierra Leone. Koroma has appeared on so many platforms including the State broadcaster -The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC)’s Podium Program and Freetown Television Network (FTN) and on Africa Young Voices Television (AYV TV) in Sierra Leone. Ishmael has interviewed many great personalities including former Nigerian President Good luck Jonathan, former Ghanian President John Daramani Mahama ,world environmental icon Dr. Jane Goodall , Sierra Leone’s Anti – Corruption Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq , President Julius Maada Bio among others. He has so much interest in writing health stories , development and human interest stories with an human right angle. He is an active blogger, social commentator and writes extensively on different topics including economic , human rights and social issues among other areas. Ishmael is the current Vice President of the Sierra Leone Reporters Union(SLRU) in the country. He is a Merck Foundation Alumni member.

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