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Mallam O. Applauds Njala University’s Internal Scoring System

Njala University, 24th June, 2021- Njala University’s outgoing Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Alimamy Osman Sankoh, Commander of the Order of the Rokel(COR) have commended the University’s internal scoring mechanism for Academic Appointment and Promotions.

Mallam O. made these complimentary remarks while chairing a Special Appointment and Promotions Committee on Thursday 24th June 2021 at the University Secretariat, Njala Campus leading to the appointment of three new Associate Professors in persons of Professor Adolphus Johnson, Patrick Sawyerr, and Rashid Ansumana from the schools of Agriculture and Food Sciences and Community Health.

He expressed his deepest satisfaction that the external assessors had certified and given a clean slate to the work of the internal scoring committee returning brilliant and commendable remarks on the contributions of the new Associate Professors in the fields of academic research and publications, mentorship, and community service.

Professor Sankoh commended the scoring committee especially its Chairman, Professor Koroma, and his Special Assistant, Mr.Alpha Jalloh for consistently putting pressure on the external assessors to deliver their reports on time.

The Njala University Internal scoring committee which was chaired by the revered Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Njala Campus and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Njala University, Professor Bashiru Mohamed Koroma had completed the process in a record time of three months culminating in the further recommendation of the applicants to credible and prominent external assessors in their respective fields of study.

The reports of the external assessors read by the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal were quite satisfactory and given a clean bill of health to the three applicants who according to them met all the requirements for promotion to the next level.

The Special Appointment and Promotions Committee meeting endorsed the report of the external assessors making the three applicants appointable.

Dr. Patrick Sawyerr one of the newly appointed Associate Professor is the current Head of the Soil Science Department, School of Agriculture and Food Science, and joined Njala University in 1987 as Lecturer one. He rose to Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in the last six years and has served Njala University for the past thirty years.

Dr. Sawyerr is the current Principal Lead researcher of the National Comprehensive Soil Survey supported by BAFFS/EU and supervised by the National Authorizing Office (NAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture.

He expressed his joy over his appointment and recounted that it is an opportunity to mentor the younger ones in academia.

Professor Adolphus Johnson is Head of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. He entered Njala University in 2012 as Lecturer One and later rose to Senior Lecturer and Head of Department.

He has brought a number of research grants to the University and also facilitated a number of collaborations between Njala University and other academic institutions.

He was appointed as Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance quite recently by the outing going Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal. The Administration is highly hopeful that he would use his extensive academic experience to consistently develop systems to support quality assurance across the programs of the University.

Dr. Rashid Ansumana who also appointed as Associate Professor is the current Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences. He joined Njala University in 2007 as Lecturer II and rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2016.

He has sixteen publications to his credit mainly in reputable journals and has contributed hugely to the training of medical and health practitioners in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Ansumana is very pivotal in the current efforts at building systems to ensure that his School is transformed into the second medical school in the country. He is also very instrumental in wooing research grants to Njala University in the past years and his influence with the Ministry of Health and other reputable and international medical and research-based institutions had brought a lot of recognition for Njala University. For more enquiries, contact the Public Relations Office, Njala University on +23276336213/+23276245292/Email:akoroma1@njala.edu.sl /rssesay@njala.edu.sl



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