Oct 12, 2015, 11:19 AM
Dinesh Shukula, president of the American International University (AIU), a private medical university in The Gambia, recently presided over the inauguration of the university’s first students’ council. The student body is mandated to steer the affairs of the students in the university.
The inauguration followed the keenly contested election between students from 14 countries currently pursuing different fields of study at the AIU.
The council members include Abako Fred Baba, president of the council; Sainey Senghore, Vice president; and Temitope Olayinka secretary general.
One Dawda Samba was also elected as assistant secretary general; Fatoumata A.K. Jallow treasurer, and Salifu Jawara assistant treasurer.
The Public Relations Officer post went to Momodou Sallah, while the auditor position to Donanthy Kilone Briend.
The president of the university, Dinesh Shukula, along with faculty members, congratulated all the elected members of the student council and welcomed the officers of the new student union urging them to live up to expectations.
“Let me congratulate the new incoming officers; they have lots of work to do, and I am sure that you have elected the right people, and must also congratulate the steering committee for a job well done,” he said. “You know this is the process of developing the students, the administration and the faculty, which makes the institution.”
The students want a vibrant student council, he remarked: “We have students from so many different countries and universities, and you develop the compatriots, which is important in this young career of ours.”
He also assured the students council of the university’s support.
The president of the AIU Student’s Council, Abako Fred Baba, in his acceptance speech, thanked the students for the confidence they have in the new team.
The student leader called for unity and togetherness among the students of the university while urging them to come together as one family despite their countries of origin.