As the end of the year approaches the Fourah Bay College (F.B.C.), and other constituent colleges of the University of Sierra Leone, will be graduating their hopeful and ambitious students about a month from now. The college, F.B.C., is one of the oldest universities in Africa that has to a large extent contributed to the development of higher education in Africa and beyond. Year in, year out, students from diverse fields of studies graduate from the college, and this year is no exception. However, there are few jobs available in the country today, and the few that are available are available only for a minute clique of the privileged, the elite, and the powerful. So, yes! Yes, the famous F.B.C. will sure be graduating their students, 100s of them will then join an ever-swelling membership club of the unemployed. So guys, bear in mind that perhaps elsewhere, after academic struggle comes job opportunity, but in Sierra Leone, after academic struggle, comes struggle for employment. This situation must change! Create jobs Mr. president, for the youthful population in your country.They too deserve right to gainful employments after long years of scholastic struggles.
Would-be graduates all is not crushed. You and all of us will make it. We Will one day get gainful employments. But, jobs don’t grow on trees, they are created by the private and public sector. In the Sierra Leone scenario, it is the public sector that does much of this job. And the jobs provided are not attractive. Resultantly, this has and is responsible for brain drain in the country.
Should this graduation be another grandiose show of what brains the country can produce only to be drained later? No, the HE’s ‘positive change’ should also address this area with much seriousness.
In sum, guys, welcome to the universe. May Allah Bless you with colourful jobs.
Ahmadou v. Kanneh
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