Sierra Leone’s Minister for Transport and Aviation, Rtd. Alhaji Fanday Turay, is set to assume the Chancellorship of the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in June 2024, succeeding Mr. Ebrima Sillah from The Gambia. The Chancellorship rotates among the five Member States – Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – every two years.

In preparation for the official induction, a delegation from Sierra Leone, led by Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Mr. Rex Bhonapha, along with Mr. Paul Soba Massaquoi, Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration, and Dr. Albert Forde, Senior Technical Advisor, Ministry of Transport and Aviation, visited the University for a fact-finding mission.

Dr. Jethro W. Brooks, the Ag. Vice Chancellor of the RMU, assured the delegation of a seamless transition and emphasized the importance of maintaining unity among Member States and the University community. He urged the incoming Chancellor to lead by example in supporting the RMU, particularly in terms of contribution payments.

Dr. Baboucarr Njie, Registrar of the RMU, underscored the significance of the visit in ensuring a successful takeover. He outlined the Chancellor’s forthcoming responsibilities, including presiding over Committee of Experts and Board of Governors meetings, as well as leading the Congregation ceremony.

Mr. Bhonapha commended the University Management for their dedication to growth and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to address challenges and clarify the role of the Chancellor during the three-day visit.

Mr. Paul Soba Massaquoi extended appreciation to the University for fostering a positive relationship among Member States and stakeholders over the years. He anticipated a fruitful engagement that would provide clarity on roles and ensure a successful tenure for the new Chancellor.

During their visit on April 26, 2024, the delegation toured University facilities and engaged in further discussions before departing on April 27, 2024.