ALUMNI VISITS MMCET ADMINISTRATION
ALUMNI VISITS MMCET ADMINISTRATION
A cross section of the national chapter of the Milton Margai Alumni on Thursday 9th July 2020 paid a visit to the Principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, Dr. Philip John Kanu at his office in Goderich.
Declaring the purpose of the visit, Julia Fofanah who has been at the heart of coordinating the affairs of the association, said they were there to thank Dr. Kanu and his administration for the strides they have made in trying to restore standards in the college and creating a conducive educational environment that once characterized the college. She added that the alumni appreciates all he has and continues to do to give the college the much needed face lift it deserves,
She highlighted some of the strides Dr. Kanu has made, key among them; the reclaiming of the College’s land, refurbishing and improving the water and sanitation facilities in the hostels, the installation of CCTV cameras and the fight for the college to be an autonomous university.
Julia noted that the Association has in the past not been as supportive to the college as expected, but pledged that henceforth they would do all within their power to provide the support where possible. She appealed to the principal to be keeping the alumni up to speed with developments and to involve them in subsequent college programmes and activities and pledged their unwavering support to the college.
Responding, the Principal Dr. Philip Kanu said that he had been waiting for such a moment for a long time and that he had felt abandoned by the alumni, but with this visit he is now confident and feels assured that he has a group he can rely on for support. He expressed delight that colleague Miltonians with whom he studied together would come to show support to him at a time when he is grappling with a range of issues that have to do with the welfare and wellbeing of students, lecturers, administrative and ancillary staff and logistics for the smooth running of the Administration. He added that the visit could not have come at a better time like this.
He updated the meeting on the development strides he has undertaken since he took up office and those he intends undertaking. He gave a rundown on how far he has gone with efforts to make the college an autonomous Polytechnic University and called on the alumni to join him in the fight to achieve this feat. He reminded his audience that a huge percentage of the nation’s work force can trace their educational backgrounds to Milton Margai College and called on them to rally around Miltonians of all walks of life to garner support for their Almamater Extra Ordinary O’ to be granted autonomy to operate as a university. He said the contributions Milton Margai has and continues to make in the education sector in the country is second to none. He noted the Middle level man power is key to the development of a nation and the achievement of the government’s flagship programme of human capital development. To this end, he added, the college is an indispensable entity to achieving this aim, thus the need to be granted autonomy especially as sister institutions have been granted University status.
He said his administration has and continues to work hard to upgrade the infrastructure and automate systems so as to address issues of extortions for pamphlets, grade and other corruption related matters often reported by students.
He displayed to his audience the college’s reclaimed land’s site plan and revealed the proposed meetings with individuals and institutions that had encroached into the college’s land. He paid tribute to the unflinching support he has received from his Vice Principal Dr. Mohamed Jalloh and members of administrative and academic staff. He admonished the group to keep politics out of its programmes and stick strictly to its objectives of seeking and promoting the interest of the college.
Politics, he said, has the potential to divide the group and cause others to stay away from its activities.
Presentation of a gift to the principal formed part of the programme.
Peter Baio Kamara