By Alagie Manneh – The University of the Gambia Students Union has dissociate itself from comments made by its Presidents in the wake of ongoing sit-down by lecturers of the institution, saying it was the soul opinion of Mr Ansumana Bojang.
President Bojang criticised the university’s staff Associations move on a sit-down, following grim allegations of corruption and mismanagement, telling the Standard and state broadcaster last week that the decision is both ‘unfair and unfortunate’ for the students and their parents.
But now the student union, in a statement sent to this medium, denounced President Bojang’s remarks, saying it is his ‘own take and his opinion did not constitute the position of the union on the matter.
“In defence of our integrity and neutrality on the on-going sit down strike at The University of The Gambia initiated by The University of The Gambia Faculty and Staff Association, I write on behalf of The University of The Gambia Students’ Union Executive Council dissociating ourselves from the remarks made by The Students’ Union President, both on national television and on this medium condemning the strike action,” Mr Modou Lamin Ceesay, secretary general of the union said.
According to him, the Executive Council has no “prior knowledge of the president’s statement and council does not subscribe to his opinion.
“The position of The University Students on the stalemate is neutral and our interest is in finding a solution to the crisis in order to avert the loss of much needed time,” Mr Ceesay said.
He added: “Negotiations are underway and it is council’s hope that a favourable deal will be struck very soon.