Sierra Leone’s iconic Fourah Bay College (FBC) must endeavor to break new academic and moral grounds and become competitive to attain success, the country’s Vice President warned on Tuesday.Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh said the college can only grow from success to success and achieve great feats and become a centre of excellence by being of service to the country and beyond, according to a statement by his office.
The VP was quoted speaking at a ceremony marking the college’s 191 years anniversary commemoration, dubbed Foundation Day.
The ceremony was held at the Adjai Crowther Amphitheater on the college’s campus. FBC, as the college is popularly known by its acronyms, is one of Africa’s oldest learning institutions, founded in 1827 as a missionary institution, and it boasts of a list of eminent alumni–including the current Sierra Leone President, Ernest Bai Koroma and Vice President Victor Foh himself.
FBC is believed to be the oldest tertiary institution of its level in Sub Saharan Africa, with products running from as far as Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia.
But the last decades running from the end of the civil war has seen the college fell in terms of the standard of education. Now one of three constituent colleges that make up the University of Sierra
Leone, it has been the subject of alleged examination malpractice, bribery and corruption, amidst countless strike actions by both teachers and students.
Vice President Foh said while FBC has had huge successes that may be remarkable, challenges still persisted, and he called on the authorities to endeavor to equip and position it to address the
challenges of a 21st century academic institution: responsive to the needs of the local and global environmental issues.
The Vice President said to realise this all there is the need to “travel along with the values of our founding fathers, namely the fear of God.”