17th January 2018
FBC Outlines Reasons for the Sacking of Professor Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah
By FBC press Release (01/08/16)
The University of Sierra Leone has finally made public the reasons why professor Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah was recently dismissed. It reads thus:
The Case Against Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah (Associate Professor) Department of History and African Studies Fourah Bay College (USL) (Pictured: President Ernest Koroma is the Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone).
Presented to The Court of the University of Sierra Leone on Wednesday 13th July, 2016
1.1 Following persistent reports of insubordination, acts of indiscipline, negative attitude to work, lack of participation in the
affairs of the Department of History and African Studies, refusal to teach assigned courses and breaches of the employment contract, and Code of Discipline for Senior Members of Staff, made against Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah, I took action to invite him for a discussion.
1.2 During our meeting I appealed to him to cooperate with his colleagues in the Department, and to contribute to achieving the mandates of the University. My appeal was for a change of attitude on the part of Dr. Abdullah, and maintenance of a conducive working environment in the Department.
1.3 Following our meeting the reports which I received from the Head of Department indicated that Dr. Abdullah was “neither ready nor willing to change his behaviour”. It was reported that he had breached his employment contract, the Code of Discipline for Senior Members of Staff; refused to teach courses assigned to him by the Head of Department; failed to attend meetings of the Department; refused to heed the advice of, and admonition by the Head of Fourah Bay College (the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor); disrespected his colleagues and the principles of collegiality; refused to accept an offer of appointment as head of department without any reason; intimidated students; failed to respond to some letters of query.
Appointment of an Investigating Committee
In view of the above adverse reports against Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah, the University Appointments Committee was unable to renew his appointment when it came up for renewal; he had not been recommended by his Head of Department. According to the Head of Department (Dr. S. N. Spencer), “he was not satisfactorily performing his teaching responsibilities and not cooperating in other departmental activities”. The Appointments Committee was informed that he had been queried by the Head of Department, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, where the Department of History and African Studies Is domiciled.
To establish an informed basis for decision making the Appointments Committee constituted an investigating committee to look into the conduct of Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah.
During its deliberations the Committee considered reports made against Dr. Abdullah by the Head of Department of History and African Studies, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Fourah Bay College. The Committee was informed that Dr. Adbullah:
Did not participate in the activities of the Department; Refused to teach courses assigned to him by the Head of Department;
Shouted at students who failed to answer his questions correctly and called them ‘stupid’; consequently many students voted with their feet resulting in the shrinking of his class size. Students did not choose his modules because they were afraid of him;
He was hostile and rude to visitors who had called to make enquires at the department; He behaved rudely to messengers who had gone to the department to deliver mails; Failed to get along with colleagues because he disrespected them; Unable to work as a team member; Always saw problems but not solutions;
Findings of the Committee
The Committee found that Dr. Abdullah was not ready to take up any administrative responsibility in the Department of History and African Studies.
His attitude towards his colleagues has been unprofessional. He turned down an offer of appointment as head of department. He failed to teach courses assigned to him. He disrespected the authority of the Head of Department. He verbally abused students.
Due to the shrinking of his class size and refusal to teach other courses assigned to him he became virtually underemployed.