Visit by Sierra Leone Bottling Company

By Matthew Kanu:

Country Manager Israel T Okujagu (left) and Marketing Manager Ali Amor (right)

Country Manager Israel T Okujagu (left) and Marketing Manager Ali Amor (right)

A team from the Sierra Leone Bottling Company Limited, headed by the country Manager Israel T Okujagu and their Marketing Manager Ali Amor, visited the University of Makeni on Wednesday 26th October 2016. Addressing the team the Vice Chancellor of UNIMAK Rev. Professor Joe Turay welcomed the team with a brief account of the history of the university and said that their presence in the university will enhanced the establishment of a partnership between the two institutions that will contribute in the development of the education sector.

Visitors meet with UNIMAK staff team

Visitors meet with UNIMAK staff team

Addressing vice chancellor and staff of UNIMAK inside the university staff room country manager Israel T. Okujagu thanked the university management team and the vice chancellor for inviting them to the university. He said Coco Cola which they are representing in Sierra Leone under the Sierra Leone Bottling Company Limited has a corporate social responsibility they always fulfil in the area of health, education and women empowerment.

Visit to the new Public Health Laboratory

Visit to the new Public Health Laboratory

The team was also taken on a conducted tour of the Fatima and Yoni campuses. In the Fatima campus the team addressed the newly admitted MBA students, and in the Yoni campus the team visited the laboratory, the public health new building and the law department.

The UNIMAK American Corner

By Matthew Kanu:

us-corner1The American Corner in the UNIMAK Library has been established in collaboration with the United States of America Embassy in Freetown. The internet Library was also set up with funds from the US Embassy. The Public Affairs unit of the Embassy started this relationship in 2015.

Students from various departments are using the facility as a resource centre . The Management of UNIMAK is grateful to the US Embassy for us-corner2their contribution in the development of the education sector in Sierra Leone.

 

Sierra Leonean PhD student donates books to UNIMAK library

Ishmael Conteh (left) handing over books to Fr Joe Turay

Ishmael Conteh (left) handing over books to Fr Joe Turay

By Matthew Kanu:

Ishmail P. Conteh , a Sierra Leonean PhD student based in the UK, visited the University of Makeni to donate books to the university library. Mr. Conteh officially hand over the books to the Vice chancellor of UNIMAK Professor Joe Turay  in front of students inside the University Library .

Unimak students examining the books in the university library

Unimak students examining the books in the university library

Dr. Sheka Bangura Delivers Inaugural Development Lecture

By Matthew Kanu:

The Government of Sierra Leone Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Director of Central Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Sheka Bangura has delivered an inaugural lecture on the topic “ Why strongly uphold the sustainable development goals in Sierra Leone”.

The lecture was held at the University of Makeni Abatti Hall on Saturday 1st October 2016 and delivered to the Masters in Sustainable Development class of UNIMAK.

 

Dr Sheka Bangura Delivering the Inaugural Lecture

Dr Sheka Bangura Delivering the Inaugural Lecture

 

In welcoming Dr. Sheka Bangura to the University of Makeni Vice Chancellor Reverend Fr. Professor Joe Turay said he is grateful to Dr. Bangura for honouring the invitation on short notice . Professor Turay said the university introduced the masters in sustainable development to address issues of climate change, the environment and development .

Delivering his lecture Dr.Sheka Bangura said the Sustainable Development Goals are an extension of the Millennium Development Goals introduced in the year 2000. He said the SDGs is a development frame work designed by member countries to address developmental issues particularly in the third world for the next 15 years.

” In this framework the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has conducted nationwide sensitization to create awareness on the new goals across the country. This sensitization target the public sector, CSOs, the private sector, trade unions and universities /colleges across the country “he noted.

Dr . Bangura reiterated that the ministry is addressing critical concerns on the SDGs to prevent under reporting and over reporting of sustainable development issues. Critical concerns among others he emphasized were increase in poverty, national disasters,  diversify economy, exchange rate, bad governance, human trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, climate change and illicit financial flow.” To address these challenges the Sierra Leone Government has introduced a campaign titled Leaving No One Behind he said .

Sierra Leone was among 22 countries whose progress on the SDGs was reviewed by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016. The review took into consideration effort made by the 22 countries in also addressing issues ranging from exclusion from decision making and socio economic participation, food insecurity, disability marginalization,  stigmatization and rural development.

Like most of the masters students that attended the inaugural lecturer Karifala Marrah said he was grateful to Dr. Bangura for his effort in imparting such a valuable knowledge to them.

Marrah further explained that part of what he learned during the lecture is base on the fact that sustainable development is key in all sectors of development that will transform lives and change behaviour.

He emphasized that such a lecture is key in their preparation before graduation in 2017.

UNIMAK Seminar Prepares Students for the Job Market

By Matthew Kanu

The University of Makeni Faculty of Commerce and Management  organized a one day seminar on Saturday 24th September 2016  in order to prepare final year students of the faculty for the job market.

In an interview, a final year student of the faculty Isha Mariam Kabba said she has learned a lot from the experience of faculty lecturers and guest speakers from business institutions in Makeni City : ”I have learned that there are lot of jobs there but there is no job waiting for us until we apply some amount of creativity as job creators and not job seekers” .

She emphasized that there are lot of issues in their communities on health, agriculture, education , business and many more. “We should look around our communities for issues that are very important . We should come together as students and establish organizations that will address these issues” she noted . Miss Kabba stressed that there are many things she learned during the seminar that are really relevant to her survival after leaving the university.

Like Miss Kabba, Henrietta Kargbo said as an out going student of the university the seminar is very useful for her because she is going to face the world and find a way of contributing to nation building . “To meaningfully contribute to nation building we need to network, or partner with individuals and institutions after graduation” she mentioned.

Miss Kargbo noted that integrity, honesty, respect ,courtesy and a strong resume are key factors that will enable them to attract the job market or be job creators.

“We should be bold and believe in ourselves . We can do it with hands together no matter the challenges that lies ahead . We should not relent” she emphasized

 

 Victoria Iheanacho, Dean of Commerce and Management

Victoria Iheanacho, Dean of Commerce and Management

 

This is the first time the faculty of commerce and management has organized a seminar for out going students since the establishment of the university in 2005. The faculty is graduating many students more than other faculties of the university every year and many more are admitted at the beginning of each academic year

Addressing students during the seminar faculty Dean Victoria Iheanacho said the faculty is preparing outgoing students to be useful citizens of Sierra Leone after graduation next February . “ We want to see our students contributing to nation building when they leave the doors of the university . We are preparing them not just as job seekers but as job creators, to be marketable and be competitive in the outside world” she said.

In his address to faculty students Seminar Guest speaker and Managing Director of NADECO Abdul Karim Manasaray said one of the things the students have to hold strongly after graduation is networking not parading with academic qualifications.

This implies that after graduation the students should be able to network with various people and organizations and initially volunteering for jobs without pay will help in securing jobs from public or the private sector .

Mr. Mansaray further said that in applying for a job the students have to develop a cover letter with good grammar and the letter must be sent to the right designation of a company or institution .

“Research well about the institution you are applying to , present a very good cover letter. The cover letter must be very attractive with specific qualities , and make sure you talk about your interest and academic qualifications “ he noted

However ,the faculty has set the pace for other faculties of the university to do the same and empower their students for the job market .