Bukhari M. S Sillah

Dr. Sillah is an Associate Professor at Department of Economics at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia

 “University of the Gambia is an institution where my heart always belongs”

By Dr Bukhari Sillah

I am sad to learn that the conditions of the Unigambia have reached a state of sit-down strike by the students. The students of Unigambia have been very patient and they have endured a lot of hard conditions in the past, they would smile like the smiling coast of the Gambia, and they would say no problem and then move on.

I think, one legacy President Jammeh should be proud of leaving behind for the Gambia is University of the Gambia, and I thank God for making me one of those Gambians who stayed in the Gambia to serve Unigambia in the absence of many basic amenities and facilities; we did that in order to respond to the call of nation building. For this legacy to continue, the government should start establishing endowments for the university to depend on them for its operational expenses.

This can help it to function as a universal educational institution and the same time to be affordable for the ordinary Gambians. I stayed to serve the Unigambia when the management of university decided to dismiss me because I wanted to go for my PhD, and this was a long story. But I did not abandon Unigambia, after completing my PhD in Germany. I came back straight to serve Unigambia again, and I did not make any issue about my unlawful dismissal, all I asked for was to just to reinstate me so that I could continue serving my country as just one ordinary Gambian.

Not all Gambian students can have the privilege of studying abroad, but they can have the privilege of being taught by Gambians who were educated in world class universities. However, my case ended and my dream of staying to serve and share my little knowledge with Unigambia students was shattered, and I had to leave the Gambia to go overseas to educate non Gambians and contribute to nation building of other people. I first reached a sit-down strike before the students, because I too run out of patience with the conditions then.

I pray To Allah to help all the stakeholders of the Unigambia to reach lasting, sustainable, prosperous and peaceful solutions for the conditions of University of the Gambia as soon as possible. Long live The Gambia, Long University of the Gambia.

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