The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) has last month signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Gansu International Corporation for Economic and Technical Cooperation (CGICOP), an international Chinese Company for the construction of additional modern students hostels in seven universities’ campuses in the country.

Part of the MOU will also facilitate the construction of 5000 affordable housing across the country.

The move is as part of NASSIT social interventions to support government flagship programmes, under the leadership of the Director General, Mohamed Fuad Daboh.

The seven universities’ campuses includes: Fourah Bay College (FBC); N’jala University, College of Medicines and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Milton Margai Technical University, Freetown Polytechnic, University of Makeni (UNIMAK) and Eastern University.

“The Trust set to construct four hundred (400) rooms in each of the seven campuses aforementioned with befitting facilities to make lives possible and easier for students in campuses,” NASSIT stated.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, NASSIT Director General, Mohamed Fuad Daboh said the signing of the MoU was an establishment of the relationship between the Trust and the partners and that was a prelude to move forward with the project of constructing Students Hostels and affordable housing across the country.

He said the MoU was the basis of what they intend to achieve in the future for the people of Sierra Leone.

However, since the MoU was signed, work for the project has not started. Students are still faced with the perennial problem of standard and reasonable hostel facilities.