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‘’I aim to lead a student union that will proffer realistic solutions to the problems affecting students’’ says Salamatu Kakay presidential hopeful.  

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‘’I aim to lead a student union that will proffer realistic solutions to the problems affecting students’’ says Salamatu Kakay presidential hopeful.  

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By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma  

The Presidential hopeful and the leading contender in the upcoming Student Union Government Elections (SUG) at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Salamatu Kakay, has said that her aim to lead students is to proffer realistic solutions to the problems affecting students daily.

Salamatu Kakay made this statement during her declaration to run for the top student office whilst addressing and assuring students that if elected as their leader in the forthcoming elections, she will bring the desired change needed.

‘’When I gained admission at Fourah Bay College in 2019, I had so many expectations when it comes to running the affairs of students on campus but all of that did not happen as I had expected. For instance, the first shock I had was the issue of classrooms which I had to struggle with in my first week in college. This and many factors are the inspiration to run for student leadership to create a change,’’ she said.

Salamatu Kakay said student unionism is something that is very close to her heart thus over the years she has participated in the development, and discourse on student issues, lending her voice to anything that has to deal with making the student experience exciting.

‘’I believed that it is about time we chose someone who has the student welfare at heart, not someone that will come and lie to you with bogus promises and at the end unable to deliver on those promises,’’ Miss. Salamatu Kakay added.

Kakay added that the challenges students go through are myriad among them she said is the issue of missing grades thus affecting students each year adding those students ended up taking missing grade modules as reference. She promised that her government will collaborate with lecturers as many of the cases are not the fault of students.

‘’ If you look at the ICT system, we already have a portal that has been launched. Every student on campus should have access to it. If the portal is effectively used, it can solve so many issues on campus. The issue of missing grades, timetable, lecture notes and even contacting other students on the portal,’’ the President hopeful claimed.

The third-year law student went on to say, she will be a president with a difference stating that the college’s first female leader couldn’t live up to her promises to students in alleviating their challenges rather than things that are not beneficial that directly affect the students she represents.

‘’ We have had a female president but couldn’t deliver, the student populace needs another one and that better one is Salamatu Kakay who is here to liberate students on their everyday challenges. I promise to work for you all, to be a servant-like leader for you all. Do not hesitate to vote me in, let’s make history again,’’ Kakay urged.

Madam Kakay further urged fellow students to come out in their numbers during elections to overwhelmingly vote for her adding that over the years there have been other sets of people running the affairs of students yet there haven’t been many visible changes in student’s welfare in the college.

‘’ They say someone who wears his or her shoes feels it best. I am a true Fourahbites. I stayed on campus. I do undergo the challenges that every Fourahbites is undergoing. I know the issues because I am a student and I know how I will confront them,’’ Kakay lamented.

Madam Kakay said her government will one that will be harnessing funds and resources from the college administration, government, private individuals, multinational companies, and past FBC members to enhance development. She added that the college is one of the renowned universities in Africa and has produced students who can, if lobbied, contribute to developmental projects of the college, especially in the transport sector.

Salamatu Kakay if elected as president of the SUG at FBC, would become the second female president in the history of West Africa’s oldest university succeeding the first ever female SUG president Miss Adama Sillah.

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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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