Limkokwing University Students’ fees too Exorbitant for Gov’t to Pay – Min. of Information
By Augustine James
The Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Rahman Swaray, has intimated to pressmen that, due to the exorbitant amount of money involved as fees for students of Limkokwing University, the Government cannot continue with the agreement made by the previous government with the college administration.
On Thursday 5th March 2020, some aggrieved students of the Limkokwing international college of innovation staged a peaceful protest on the principal streets of Freetown drawing the attention of the government to pay their fees.
The protest was headed by a human rights activist, Thomas Moore-Conteh, Executive Director of Citizen’s Advocacy Network.
According to Mohamed Rahman Swaray, in the usual government press conference, he stated that the agreement between the then government and the Limkokwing administration never went through parliament and thus has no parliamentary ratification and as a result, government cannot continue with such.
He added that since they took over, they have paid a huge sum of 23 billion Leones to the university as payment of debts.
“This agreement made by the APC never had parliament agreement, and according to the agreement, 3,000 dollars and 2,500 dollars for degree and diploma students respectively – the agreement catered for more than 1,500 students every year,” he said.
Adding to the above, the Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Prof Aiah Gbakima stated that government is also looking into the agreement to review or close the university. He added that they have had several meetings with the Limkokwing administration for the sake of Sierra Leonean students in the University but the administration seems not to comply.
“We have more than 55,000 students in government universities for whom we have not paid subvention for but their administrations are moving on well but Limkokwing, a private international college is proving otherwise. We will pay, the government or the country is not running away,” he said.