By Assan Bah and Amadou Manjang
The University of the Gambia has provided an additional five school buses to ferry students to and from Faraba Banta Campus.
Following the transportation saga affecting students of the highest learning institution, the Ministry of Higher Education, in collaboration with the Gambia Transport Service Company (GTSC), decided to increase the number of buses to accommodate more students to attend classes on time.
The Ministry told this medium that after consultation with the GTSC, it has provided five more buses, making the total number of buses twenty (20).
“Currently, fourteen (14) buses are coming from Kanifing and six (6) other buses from Brikama. Other buses are on their way to the country as soon as they reach the number of buses will increase,” said the Ministry.
“Thirty (30) more other buses to follow and a larger number of them will be allocated to the university,” the Ministry said.
Many UTG Students and Management will remember the dilemma faced by students who were left in astonishment when all seven buses were full in the early hours of Monday morning, 9th October 2023, whereby dozens of students missed their morning lectures due to the shortage of school buses to transport the students to their new campus.
The same trajectory also affected dozens of the students attending evening classes. However, the Higher Education Minister, Professor Pierre Gomez, indicated that in every transition there must be challenges but was quite optimistic that the challenge will be overcome by Allah’s grace.