The presentation ceremony of the items took place at the college’s amphitheater on Thursday 24th January, 2019.
On behalf of the college, Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh, Vice Principal of the college, extended warm felicitations to guests, especially the management of Royal Lintex Paint Factory to the college’s humble surroundings noting that they want to transform the college to a university and one of the most outstanding institutions of higher learning in the country.
He particularly thanked the Manager of the Paint Factory, Hussein Hajazi and his team for gracing the occasion inspite of the fact that time is money for corporate institutions underscoring that their presence at the ceremony indicates that the company puts premium on education and the New Direction Agenda of Government.
The Vice Principal also recognized the presence of the community people pointing out that Dr. Philip John Kanu acknowledges them and has offered some scholarships to the community, commended the college administration for leaving their busy schedule to grace the occasion underscoring that all the hard work of the administration is to ensure that students have a conducive learning environment to excel in their academic pursuits.
Rev. Alfred Coker-Davies, the Headman of Goderich Community appreciated the Principal revealing that the donation is an historical event and observed that Dr. Philip Kanu is the first principal who invites the community to the college’s activities and hoped that the relationship would continue.
He further stated that as custodians of the community they held discussions with the Principal and administration of the college during which they appealed for the award of scholarships to the people that were granted for which he acclaimed the Principal but appealed for more scholarships as Goderich is a very big community.
He commended Hussein Hajazi for the donations highlighting that the community is proud to have such a reputable institution, also heaped praises on the Principal for his hard work, commitment and dedication to duty and as a proud product of the college, encouraged him to call on the people at all times when needed and pledged to help the college recover its land reiterating that the Principal is unique for actively involved in community activities.
Rev. Alfred Coker-Davies also urged students to embrace the opportunity offered them by the college administration reminding them that they should put premium on their academic work to become quality educators who would advance the country.
In his address, Dr. Philip John Kanu stated that the donation is a great day for the college, recalled that in the past Headmen hardly spoke English, but now it’s a different thing altogether, which means that President Bio’s vision for quality education would be actualized, applauded Royal Lintex Paint Factory for the invaluable venture describing the company as one of those honoring their corporate social responsibilities and reiterated that the venture is to make students happy, comfortable and have fond memories of the college.
Dr. Kanu further assured the students that his desire is to create a conducive learning environment for them reiterating that his mission is make students comfortable at all times, admonished them to take advantage of the great opportunity offered them and make their parents proud and affirmed that he is working assiduously with government and various stakeholders for students to actualize their dreams.
The Principal also recalled when he met and appealed to the management of Royal Lintex Paint Factory, that his perseverance has yielded fruits today assuring that he wants to leave a legacy for the campus to be always beautified and cleaned, encouraged all to support him make the college great again and thanked the management of Royal Lintex Paint Factory for the worthy donation disclosing that Government recognizes the efforts of the company and hoped others would emulate the sterling example.
Dr. Kanu articulated, “I am on a mission to make the college regained its lost glory. During the college’s glorious days, we used to produce the best teachers, administrators and hotel workers. I want to promise staff of transportation soon. I am elated to receive this donation that would help beautify the college and the water tanks to store water. Goderich is a great community and it’s my dream to see sons/daughters of this soil who attended the college become Presidents, Principal of the college and hold other high profile positions. I want to appeal to the people to help the college reclaim all its lands as plans are underway to construct additional hostels.”
Christiana Ryan-Coker, Company Secretary, Lintex Paint Factory recalled that the company started operations in December 2017 to provide quality and affordable paints for the people of Sierra Leone to beautify their homes and offices in addition to providing jobs for Sierra Leoneans and assured that the company is providing a conducive environment for its staff asserting that the company is proud to make the donation.
She also encouraged students to be studious to become successful citizens, assured that their doors are always opened to them for research work or other studies and acclaimed the Goderich community for accepting them.
Secretary General of the Students’ Union, Atilla Taylor in his vote of thanks, stated that they need a clean and conducive environment to learn, commended the Principal for helping to achieve that aim, Royal Lintex Paint Factory for the impressive gesture and prayed that the company flourishes in its business venture.
According to the Secretary General of the Students’ Union, students have the responsibility to ensure that they keep the campus clean and tidy.