WILL A GAMBIAN BE THE NEW VICE CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY?

Sustainability is what makes an institution to be viable. The
University of The Gambia (UTG) evolved out of a University Extension
Programme (UEP). When the UEP was pioneered by Mr Burris Duvaney, a
Canadian, who linked it to Saint Mary’s University in Canada with the
cooperation of the Canadian Government and professors and lecturers
were seconded to the University.
Few Gambians like the late Dr. BoroSusso served as lecturers. One
would have thought that to ensure sustainability, young Gambian
Academics would be attracted in the University and encouraged to
pursue higher studies and publish regularly to earn higher grade in
the academic ladder.
Interestingly enough, the first Gambian to occupy the post of Vice
Chancellor is professor Kah, who incidentally used to volunteer to be
a visiting lecturer during the University Extension Program period.
One would have thought that the purpose of having deputies in all
sectors of administration is to prepare them for future assumption of
office.
In normal administrative setups, appointment comes through merit.
Hence, longevity in service adds experience to merit. In the Gambia,
longevity of service and qualification do not appear to be decisive in
getting promotions.
Capacity building to ensure staff competence and efficiency is the way
forward for sustainability. The post of deputies should have meaning
to avoid vacuum in institutions because of appointment of new
employees who have no institutional memory and have to start from
scratch.