By Alagie Manneh and Juldeh Njie – The staff strike that gripped the University of the Gambia and brought life to a standstill for almost two weeks has finally ended with lectures expected to resume today, the Standard can reliably report.
The staffers accused the debunk SMT of corruption and misplaced priorities, before embarking on a strike.
The Staff and Faculty association that instigated the attack Wednesday met Higher Education officials and announced at a congress Friday that lectures will restart today.
Dr Ismaila Ceesay, the main figure behind the protest told the Standard not all of their expectations where met, but appeared happy as a hall-packed crowd joyously applaud news of the SMTs dissolution and the resume of lectures today.
The staff association including student representatives met at the MDI and Dr Ceesay told them what was agreed at the Ministry of Higher Education. According to him, the ministry insisted the sit-down should end and regular classes begin latest Monday.
“Nobody wanted the situation to turn out this way, but we had no choice and there are serious problems here at the university which forced us to take certain drastic actions,” Dr Ceesay told the Standard. “The Staff association is now strong. We have been given a voice. And we can help develop this university.”
Dr Momodou Mustapha Fanneh, acting dean, school of business, argued that it is time for the staff of the UTG to be taken seriously.
“…Because we [the staff] are the University of the Gambia,” he boasted. “The staff and the students, we are the ones running the UTG. The management is just there to manage, so they have to take us seriously.”
Isha Mahmoud, the vice president of the students’ union, said she is happy the whole saga has been resolved, and students can now go back to classes and get on with their education.