Dr. Mikail Barau let me put it to you that there are thousands of reasons to celebrate the news of reopening of ZAMSU today. It baffles to sense that you appear to be unaware of the challenges surrounding the university project before the coming of the Matawalle administration – excuse my decorum, sir. Permit me to remind you that:
Firstly, It was a university the previous administration (under the supervision of your new-found hero Yari) squandered more than half the money meant for construction projects. We are talking about billions here. The records are there and we can share with you.
Secondly, Students were admitted in error even when there was no substantive management team. The height of incompetence of the outgone administration.
Thirdly, No funds left for the present administration to fund capital and recurrent expenditure, as per the university project.
Fourthly, No monthly subvention for personnel and overhead costs.
Similarly, There was absence of a functional library and other important facilities to support the take-off of the university.
Fundamental speaking, at a point you and many of us concluded that it was a bad foundation for the university to take-off in that critical state because the performance was below par.
Today, most of those errors have been corrected with the support of Governor Matawalle against the interest of many – I am pretty sure that you know about the weight of powers against the continuation of the university project. First, the decision to continue with the project itself calls for celebration. Second, the appointment of a substantive management team to steer the affairs of the baby university. Third, the sourcing of funds to ensure proper take-off and subsequently mobilising contractors back to sites.
If we can’t commend Governor Matawalle for his kind consideration here for reasons known to us, we shouldn’t fault the mood of thousands of citizens who recognise his efforts, considering the circumstances, sir.
Jalaluddeen Maradun is Analyst and Public Commentator