Ambassador Barnett in readiness to celebrate Salone’s 50th Independence Day celebration in Monrovia
Her Excellency Rev. Dr Mrs. Marie Jilo Barnett in a bid to fly her country’s flag high, and to promote President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s agenda for change urged her nationals residing in the Republic of Liberia, to embrace themselves in order to showcase Mama Salone as she celebrates her 50th Anniversary.
Ambassador Barnet over the weekend, together with her staff addressed Sierra Leoneans at her Congo Town residence in Monrovia. She used the opportunity to update her nationals about the preparation that is on the pipe line in connection with Sierra Leone’s 50th independence Anniversary, come next year.
Dr. Barnett however elaborated on President Koroma’s message on attitudinal change and the essence of unity in any community. Past Saturday’s meeting, she said, was firstly to meet with her nationals from all walks of life and to share responsibilities with each and every Sierra Leonean in Liberia with regards to planned activities of the forthcoming golden jubilee of “ mama Salone”.
Sierra Leoneans, under President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s regime she noted, have good reason to jubilate and to celebrate in grand style, citing achievements made by the APC led government with new initiatives in the pipe line.
Also, the Head of Chancery, Mr. Tamba Edward Juana and Co-Chair of this very important meeting used the opportunity to encourage all Sierra Leoneans, not only in Monrovia but in the various counties, to register with the Embassy. The essence of the registration with the Embassy according to Mr. Juana was a sign of solidarity, “together we stand, divided we fall” Mr. Juana emphasized.
President Dr. Koroma’s agenda with regards the re-birth of the Sierra Leone Civil Service Training College was also elaborated on by Ambassador Barnett. She however used her veto powers to change the august meeting to a brain storming session whereby, the young, old, lower and higher fully participated with their own inputs/ suggestions towards the agenda and a continuous monthly meeting was suggested.
Ambassador Barnett together with H.O.C . Juana used the opportunity to call on all Sierra Leoneans residing in the fourteen (14) counties of Liberia to be law abiding and to use this opportunity to identify themselves with Mama Salone. Contributions were also made by members of the Sierra Leone Community, Sierra Leone Progressive Association and Sierra Leoneans working with the United Nations and the self-employees.
A ten (10) man draft committee charged with the responsibility of putting modalities together for the year-long programme was appointed. Other committees for the smooth running of the celebration will be named at a later date. Below are names of members of the drafting committee:
1. Ambassador Dr. M.J Barnett –Ex-Officio member 2. Tamba E. Juana (H.O.C) – Chair person 3. Madam Kenyeh Barlay (UNDP)- Co. Chairperson 4. Ms. Mamawa Kanneh – Secretary 5. Ms. Mariama Coker- Member 6. Mrs. Alice Bala-Conteh (UNHCR)-Member 7. Mr. David Sombie (CRS/PLAN)-Member 8. Davies Koroma (APC)Liberia Chapter-Member 9. Ibrahim Gbla (S LPA)-Member 10. Femi Cole (SLC)- Member
Ms. Mariama Coker, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone Embassy/MRU. Monrovia, Liberia
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