EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President Adama Barrow was guest to The University, and Gambia College over the weekend for proclamation of classroom infrastructural development on the Brikama campus.
He commissioned a fully furnished classroom block after which he laid foundation stone for construction of additional eighteen classrooms. The project is being supported by MRC-Holland.
This move is one of government’s most visible commitment towards ending decade of hostility between University of the Gambia, and Gambia college over usage of facilities at the campus. Amalgamation of the two tertiary institutions in 2009 brought daily scramble for classroom space, furniture, and sanitary facilities among students.
President Barrow noted that his government was “aware of the necessity to address the urgent need for more classroom space, well-equipped laboratories, adequate water supply and decent toilet facilities on the Brikama Campus.”
He pledged that the ongoing intervention is a matter of priority for him. “Since taking up Office last year, my government has never stopped and will never stop to put a great premium on education, given the pivotal link between Education and the enhancement of the prospects of socio-economic growth and development for any country.”
My government will leave no stone unturned in its vision, drive, and commitment to support all our learning institutes, including those in the higher education or tertiary categories. Critical in this drive is the building of the capacity of these institutions so as to transform them into educational centers of excellence.
In a separate development, he said the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has already begun providing solar-powered boreholes and refurbishing classrooms and offices in the School of Public Health complex at the college.