As Commission of enquiry named: panic grips HANCI
According to an interview on SLBC radio (Tea Break) with the Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs, Dr. Soccoh Kabia (in photo) informed listeners that the long awaited commission of enquiry to look into the way and manner the adoption of 29 Sierra Leonean children facilitated by a locally based Non Governmental Organization, Help a Needy Child International (HANCI) has been set up, comprising of a sitting judge, an educationist and a retired civil servant.
The Minister went further to say that he will not disclose the names of the individuals on the commission so that HANCI or the affected parents of the adopted children will not influence the deliberation.
When contacted, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Democratic Initiative and Development, Hindowa Emmanuel Saidu said the setting up of the commission of enquiry to look into the alleged adoption by HANCI is welcome news.
The Director maintained that his organization has no doubt that Ernest Bai Koroma, the Fountain of Honor, Defender of Human Rights would want the commission to resolve the controversy around the adoption and the matter laid to rest.
Mr. Hindowa further expressed hope that the commission will do its job to the best of its ability in the interest of all parties without fear or favour. He appealed to the government to make the hearing of the commission public FDID Director ended by thanking the Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs for his diligence in handling the matter. The director therefore called on all civil society organizations to closely monitor and fellow up the commission whenever it takes off.
In another development, on Wednesday 8th September at about noon, one Moses Kamara who claimed to be working for HANCI entered the office of this medium asking for the unconditional retraction of all stories that have been published by the Sierra Express Media about HANCI. This medium considers such utterance as panic griping HANCI following the minister’s announcement of a new commission to investigate the adoption saga.
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