The Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) an affiliate college of the University of Sierra Leone on Monday observed its 32nd Anniversary at its main campus tower hill.
In his remarks the Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Ekundayo Thompson catalogued the successes made by the institute since its inception. He said one of its main successes is the multipurpose five storey building that is presently under construction.
Professor Ekundayo Thompson reiterated that the institution has contributed immensely to the development of the country as it has built the human resource of so many offices both private and public through the short courses offered by the institute. He disclosed that the institution has established partnership with so many international educational organizations.
Professor Ekundayo Thompson thanked all those who in diverse ways have contributed in taking the Institution to higher heights and encouraged all to redouble their efforts to move the university forward and make it second to none. He expressed his hope that the university will be prepared to face the challenge of competition, as competition provides quality and hard work.
Delivering the keynote address the former director of IPAM Mr. Nathaniel Wellington reiterated that leadership qualities include honesty, hard work, integrity and fairness. He emphasized that a successful educational system must seek to develop these values for affecting the transformation in our country. Mr. Nathaniel Wellington emphasized that the country is in dire need of meaningful, effective and transformative leadership as our situation reflects a disturbing degree of indiscipline, verging on lawlessness that seems to be taking a stronghold in the country. He said that this deliberately flout the rules and regulations prescribed for the functioning of these establishments.
Mr. Nathaniel Wellington articulated that good governance encompasses the elements of transparency, responsibility, accountability, participation and responsiveness to the needs of the people and this is strongly linked to sustainable development. He said that respect for human rights, safeguard against arbitrary and capricious governance and power of abuse is anchored on the rule of law.
The pro-chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone Dr. Mordupeh Taylor-Pearce commended IPAM for all the successful strives to service people in all works of life by equipping them with right skills and education to perform their task more effectively. He called on all to join him in his development vision “We are able” as with hard work and determination the University of Sierra Leone will be second to none.
The program was chaired by a lecturer Mr. Pearce and was climaxed with the hosting of the IPAM flag supervised by the Ag. Deputy registrar of IPAM Ms. Zyllette Domingo