Njala Academic Staff implored to call off strike action and resume lectures

After intense discussions between government and representatives of Njala University, the Academic Staff Association of Njala University is asked to call off the strike action and resume lectures with immediate effect.

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Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh

The meeting chaired by the vice president Victor Bockarie Foh on Monday 27th March 2017,  to resolve the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Association of the Njala University which led to the fatal shooting of a student in Bo.

One student was shot dead and two seriously wounded after shots were allegedly fired by the police personnel.

According to the communique signed by government representatives and the Academic Staff Association of Njala University, registration of students, which was suspended due to the strike action by the Academic Staff Association, should commence on Tuesday.

That the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Njala University Administration should hold further discussions on the financial requirements of Njala University and recommend the way forward.

Students of Njala University were protesting on Thursday morning against a long-running lecturers’ strike which has left their college closed since October 2016, when personnel of the Sierra Leone police stepped in to stop the escalating tension.

 According to reports, some of the angry students were blocking the main road at Peace Junction and the Clock Tower in Bo while the others stormed the office of the permanent secretary at Tikonko Road in Bo.

Police say the students did not obtain a permit for the protest today and were burning tires and blocking major roads.

 Thirteen students were allegedly detained at the Lumley police station, three at New England Ville Police Station in Freetown; and five detained in Kenema.

 Lecturers have been on strike due to non-payment of salaries by the government.

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