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BITS AND PIECES OF ACCOMODATION HISTORY
... it had no fixed abode. Fortunately, the then outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Law, Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone, Prof. F.C. Tuboku-Metzger was appointed Director, and so he worked from his office at F.B.C. temporarily. The new Dean elect Hon. Prof. Justice Dr. H.M. Joko Smart generously allowed the Registrar to temporarily oust him from his office (he used his Chambers in Freetown), and the Finance Office was squeezed in it had to give up some of the rooms so generously provided by the Solicitor-General, as some of these new Pupil Barristers were employed as State Counsel. Fourah Bay College agreed to lease one of its properties at 11 Lamina Sankoh Street, an old dilapidated building at a reasonable rent. The next problem was to source funds to refurbish the building, especially after the subvention from the Government in the estimates for the 1991 Financial Year was reduced by 66%. After much lobbying through the understanding and invaluable help of the Solicitor-General and the Financial Secretary Mr. Y.T. Sesay, the Minister of Finance authorized a grant to help towards the cost of the first phase of the refurbishment of 11 Lamina Sankoh Street. The Council’s Tender Board advised Council to award the contract to Tropical Construction Company who promised to finish that phase and handover the keys by the end of September 1991. Although work on the 1st phase of refurbishment was still not completed the School was able to move into the building on 23rd October 1991 in time for the Second Call Ceremony on 25th October 1991 with the Administrative Offices and the main classroom also completed. At that time work was in progress on the staff room which was to serve as a temporary Library until phase 2 which included the Library was completed. The Contractors failed to complete the 1st phase in time but were able to do so in 1992.
THE STUDENT PIONEERS continued..
These worthy pioneers were followed by the second group of 12 + 2 repeaters who were enrolled in October 1990.
Life was slightly better for this set of students in that during this school year the Sierra Leone Government helped by awarding scholarships/grants to deserving students, although they were not yet able to “just walk into the Sierra Leone Law School
Library and use books”.
They had the satisfaction of seeing cartons of books arrived and knowing that those books will appear on the Library shelves one day. They also saw work in progress at No. 11 Lamina Sankoh Street, Freetown. Indeed the preliminaries necessary for their Call were carried on at No. 11 Lamina Sankoh Street. The 1991/92 intake of Students numbered 18, including 4 repeaters.