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One of Gambia’s ‘finest scientists’ passes away

Jan 17, 2017, 10:44 AM | Article By: Ebrima Bah

Dr Musa Sowe, dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of The Gambia, was laid to rest Sunday evening at his residence in Salagi along the Kombo coastal road.

Mourners, including the education fraternity, civil servants and students, joined his family to pay their last respects to him.

Described as one of the finest Gambian scientists, the late Dr Sowe was also responsible for UTG’s extended Master’s degree programme in climate change and environmental sciences.

His elder brother, Ousman Sowe, said “although he was recently admitted at hospital, he didn’t show signs of departing so soon.”

Also speaking to The Point newspaper, shortly after the burial, Dr Abubacarr Senghore, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, said: “Dr Sowe was a real Muslim, very humble, very hardworking, trustworthy and knowledgeable.

“He was one of the finest scientists in this country, who had attained the status of associate professor. His departure is a great loss to the country.”

Similarly, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Baboucarr Bouy, expressed shock on the news of Dr Sowe’s demise.

He pointed out that the education fraternity will miss the knowledge and energy of the late dean.

The new vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Professor Faqir Muhammad Anjum, said despite his short time on the job, he knew the late Sowe as a righteous and hardworking staff of the university.

They all prayed for his soul to rest in perfect peace.