FAO Donates Computers to MMCET
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on Tuesday 13th October 2020 donated laptops and desktops computers worth $6000 to the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) at the Great Hall of the Goderich Campus in Freetown at which event the FAO Representative in Sierra Leone, Dr. Nyabenyi Tito Tipo stated that she is delighted but humbled to be at the ceremony, and pledged that her organization would help MMCET to review its curriculum and equipped its laboratory to ensure quality learning and excellent products. She recalled that the relationship between her organization and the college started when Dr. Philip John Kanu was appointed principal and promised more donations in the future. The FAO Representative stated that she is proud of the leadership at the college and looked forward to more fruitful engagements in the future.
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Brima Sam King opined that the college would make the country proud, that the principal has big dreams for the college and that the college would drive the country into the future, noting that agriculture is the triangle of human capital development and underscored that to achieve food security, Sierra Leone must make agriculture a lucrative business and urged students to be innovative as well as train to become entrepreneurs.
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture further encouraged students to go for the best, that the college should remodel its curriculum for the future, as knowledge is a continuous process and promised to always support and be a friend of the college as well as link it to other agriculture colleges in the world and acclaimed the principal for doing a lot within a very short time of his appointment.
The principal of the college, Dr. Philip John Kanu commended FAO for the donation for which he is very grateful, enlightened that FAO has help trained some lecturers at the college including himself while working for the organization reiterating that he has benefited from several trainings organized by FAO, that the organization has been very instrumental in supporting Sierra Leone adding that it is not the quantum of donation that matters but the thought.
Dr. Kanu also underscored that the relevance of the computers cannot be overemphasized now that teaching and learning are online due to the global corona virus pandemic revealing that FAO has also trained Dr. Sankoh, a science lecturer at the college, in mushrooming.
Earlier in his welcome statement, the Vice Principal and Director of Studies, Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh revealed that the event is another red letter day in the annals of the college, commended the principal for taking the institution to higher heights adding that FAO has been closed to the college and very supportive and underlined that the institution is in dire need of such support as it is on a transformational drive.
The college’s Deputy Registrar, Mr. Manley Jeff Momo, who chaired the well-attended ceremony, asserted that since the appointment of the principal in 2018 the college has undergone several transformations.
In her vote of thanks, the college’s Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Sesay hoped that FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture would make more donations to the college as it would soon be pronounced as a Technical University and therefore the College will need all the support it can get