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Gambia College students elect leaders

Feb 15, 2016, 10:02 AM

The Gambia College students on Thursday handed over students’ executive powers to a new body of leadership for tenure of one academic year.

At the election held at the Brikama campus, the presidency of the college students’ union was conferred on Yunusa Jallow of the School of Public Health while Ousman Touray of the School of Nursing was elected vice president.Both the president and the vice were elected unopposed during the contest.

The students voted Safiatou Baldeh of the School of Education for the position of finance and Swaibou Darboe of the School of Agriculture ran unopposed for the post of secretary general.

The post of education went to Modou Marra; Sports to Luntang Bah; Women Affairs to Serrah Wilson; Information to Abubacarr Jallow; Social secretary to Fatou Secka; and assistant Secretary to Mama S Susso all from the School of Education.

In addition to the post of nutrition which went unopposed to Fatou Manneh, the School of Agriculture is required to fill in the post of Agriculture into the students’ union executive.

Similarly, the School of Public Health will fill in the posts for Auditor and Health, while the School of Nursing will fill in a second post for Health, and Women Affairs.

During the campaign period, students urged their aspirants to consider the fate of burning issues like sanitation and learning facilities especially at the Brikama campus.

The had lamented that “the environment is a total mess” in terms of sanitary condition and that classroom space is a huge problem due to “shortage in furniture”.

The college students bemoaned the situation, saying all previous bodies of their students’ union executive have “failed greatly” on similar students concerns including timely payment of monthly stipend.

The new president of the Gambia College Students’ Union told The Point newspaper that although one academic year is too short for any executive to earn total success on students’ concerns, his team will build on “the good foundation” of his predecessors.

However, Mr Jallow said the student executive have power limitation on some of the major decisions for students.

He however said they now have greater hope on the college administration which has been under the University of The Gambia for some years now.