Mr David Carew, Newly appointed Pro-Chancellor Njala University
Newly appointed Pro-Chancellor for Njala University on Friday 27th November assured members of the Academic and Administrative staff that he would leverage on his private-sector background to support the growth of the University.
Mr David Carew made this known in a working visit to the college where he toured various water and energy facilities, schools, laboratories, the Njala Campus Library, and the Oil Palm Nursery site at the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. He later reported in a meeting with members of staff of the University that he was impressed with the strides he saw.
Mr Carew lauded the sacrifices and enthusiasm of staff members who according to him already have the solutions to solving the plethora of issues confronting teaching and learning at the University.
“My interface with various staff members has given me an insight that some of these staff members have the answers to the problems of the University but only needs support from the strategic level to push through their brilliant initiatives,” he noted.
The Pro-Chancellor was welcomed by the Acting Chairman of Court while the Registrar of the University, Dr Muneer Jalloh introduced the new Pro-Chancellor to members of the University Coordinating Committee.
Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Osman Sankoh, Mallam .O. was full of praise for members of his Coordinating Committee and reported to the new Pro-Chancellor that his staff members were selfless and had displayed complete exuberance over the years despite the numerous challenges confronting their welfare and their academic work.
He also expressed his satisfaction over the way the University Court was being managed and requested, through the Pro-Chancellor, for the establishment of an Endowment fund that will take care of the many challenges of the University.
“Under my watch, transparency and accountability both in the management of the resources of the institution and in the decision making processes, he informed as he assured his boss that the institution would be free of any audit queries in the next coming years.
In their part, members of the Academic and Administrative staff welcomed the Pro-Chancellor and encouraged him to work with the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal who according to them had worked very hard in the last few months to make visible reforms in the management of the meagre resources of the University.
They also called on the Pro-Chancellor to influence relevant bodies to attract the requisite support to the University.
Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences, Dr T.S Kabba on behalf of the Academic Staff Association drew the attention of the Pro-Chancellor to the many demands of the Association. He said they were constrained to go on strike unlike their colleagues in the other institutions so he entreated on the Pro-Chancellor to find time to look at their demands to avoid strike action.
Mr David Carew was recently appointed as the new Pro-Chancellor for Njala University replacing the Late Professor Arthur Abraham.
He was the country’s Minister of Finance for three years and had also spent over forty years as an Accountant and Consultant.