What earlier on seemed to be an open confrontation by students of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone against the University’s Administration, is said to have been laid to rest, after the current Students’ Union (SU) Government decided to call off what they were referring to a strike action.
It could be recalled that, there was an open confrontation staged by the students to forcefully stay on campus after the administration had peacefully pleaded to them to leave until the end of the ongoing renovation process on the hostels. The confrontational period saw offensive challenges and counter challenges through the use of press releases issued by the students and the admin.
However, on Monday 14th May 2012, the SU has finally bowed to defeat. This was communicated through a press release signed and issued by the SU government. The release stated that, as a way of arriving at an amicable resolution in the best interest of all parties involved, the SU government wishes to bring to the attention of the general populace that they have suspended all further actions in relation to the accommodation issue.
The students further stated that, their stance was triggered by the threat to forcibly evict students coupled with our genuine appeals to allow students to reside in hostels that are to a large extent habitable.
They further realized in the release that, they may have appeared confrontational, which according to them, was not their intention to become such.
The students further noted that, their revised strategy is in consonance with the intervention of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS) as a parent body geared towards settling the impasse in the interest of not only the University but the entire country at large.
Against this background, the release went on that the students are hereby admonishing all students who are currently occupying the hostels to leave with immediate effect. They used the forum to express regret for any inconvenience this might create to students who are severely affected, whilst assuring them that, they are looking forward to having speedy negotiations with the administration to find a long-lasting solution to this matter.
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