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Saudi Students Grateful to President Koroma

Assistant Scribe, Mohamed Jalloh delivering his statement

The Sierra Leone Students Union at the Islamic University in Madinah has expressed satisfaction at the appointment of Alhaji M.S. Kargbo as Sierra Leone’s new envoy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Giving a summary about the Sierra Leone Students Union at the Islamic University in Madinah on the occasion of Sierra Leone’s 53rdIndependence Anniversary a couple of days ago, Assistant Secretary General of the students body, Muhammad Saalih Jalloh says: “The student body is very much grateful to His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for having appointed Ambassador Alhaji M.S. Kargbo as the new Sierra Leone envoy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

On behalf of the Union, Jalloh said:  “The Union would like to announce that it is fully ready to co-operate with the embassy to accomplish its mission in the Kingdom.”  Attached is the full speech in verbatim:

A SUMMARY ABOUT THE SIERRA LEONE STUDENTS UNION IN THE ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY

The Sierra Leone Students Union in the Islamic University of Madinah aims at giving full assistant to Sierra Leoneans within and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It caters for the well-being of its members and organizes annual seminars in various parts of Sierra Leone during the summer holiday.

The Union was founded in the 1980s by Sierra Leonean students studying at the university at that time. As it caters for the welfare of its nationals at the University, every Sierra Leonean student enrolled at the University is a member of the Union. Currently, there are 95 members. These members are found in all the faculties of the university, i.e., the Faculty of Quran and Islamic Studies, the Faculty of Hadiths and Islamic Studies, the Faculty of Sharia, the Faculty of Daa’wah and Principles of the Religion, the Faculty of Arabic Language and the Arabic Language Institutes for students who did not study Arabic back home and were accepted with their WASSCE results. Sierra Leoneans are also found in many departments at graduate level. The number of students and their the families who live outside the University in the holy city of Madinah are up to 120 people as at now. The Union has got no sponsorship from an outside body. Ninety-nine point nine percent (99.9 %) of its fund is from the annual contributions made by its members or some of its members.

The Sierra Leone Students Union in the Islamic University is known for their great sacrifice they render to Sierra Leone pilgrims coming to perform the annual pilgrimage every year.  As Madinah is a city where pilgrims perform many activities and stay for some days, Madinah students always stand by the sides of their compatriots to provide them with the services they need. Covering the highest percentage of Sierra Leonean students in the Kingdom, Madinah students are known for their great efforts in serving pilgrims in Makkah, Mina and Arafat, in collaboration with Sierra Leonean students from Riyadh and Makkah.

The Union always answers to the needs of its members who are desperately in need. Annually, it welcomes and gives moral and financial supports to new students coming to the University, including the annual graduation ceremony organized for all students who have completed their studies from the various faculties – it also gives a farewell ceremony to students leaving the Kingdom for the last time, especially those completing doctorate degrees.

Almost every year, the Union organizes Islamic seminars for the people in Sierra Leone in different parts of the country.  It has organized seminars in Freetown, Kabala, Bo, Kailahun, to name, but a few and intends to organize another seminar this year in Kambia in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Muslims Missionaries Union.

The student body is very much grateful to His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for having appointed Ambassador Alhaji M.S Kargbo as the new Sierra Leone envoy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and accredited to some other Gulf countries.  As it is working hard to achieve its aims and objectives, the Union would like to announce that it is fully ready to corporate with the embassy to accomplish its mission in the Kingdom.

We are thankful to Allah at first and last.  We are also thankful to the Sierra Leone Nationals Union in the Kingdom as a whole and to its President in particular, for always considering us by inviting us in all their activities.  We are also grateful and thankful to all the staff of the Embassy for their full support, including the Information Attaché, Journalist Alhaji M.B. Jalloh who has always proved to be a patriot. We also thank all Sierra Leoneans living in the Kingdom who have proved to us to be like fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters whenever we meet during Hajj and whose doors are open for us whenever we visit them.

وآخر دعوانا عن الحمد لله رب العالمين, و صلى الله على نبينا محمد.

Muhammad Saalih Jalloh (Mohamed Jalloh),

Assistant Secretary General.

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