Ambassador Pledges Support to Young Sierra Leoneans in Germany
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Jongopie Stevens on Thursday November 11 2010 assured members of the Berlin based Sierra Sport and Cultural Club that his embassy will always lend its unflinching support to the group’s programmes and activities. (Photo: Ambassador Stevens flanked by Sierra Sport and Cultural Club members)
The group’s executives had paid a visit to the Embassy to officially inform the Ambassador and his staff about their plans to celebrate Sierra Leone’s 50th Anniversary with their fellow citizens in Freetown.
50% of the proceeds of the club’s proposed Independence show, which will take place at the Family Kingdom Hall in Freetown on 30th April 2011, will be donated to charity work in Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Stevens described the initiative as a good venture, which he said his embassy would throw its full weight and support behind.
“We are very pleased to work together with you. Just keep me informed.”
He urged them to make contact with the 50th Independence Anniversary Committee in Freetown to inform them about the initiative. The Ambassador promised that before the group leaves for Freetown, he would provide them with a letter of support from the embassy in Germany.
While noting that not everyone could join the celebrations in Sierra Leone, Ambassador Stevens updated his audience about the progress made so far in planning for the Independence celebrations in Germany. He disclosed that the planning committee which was set up to ensure that Sierra Leoneans own the programme will hold its next meeting in Frankfurt.
The Ambassador took the opportunity to inform the group about the registration exercise of all Sierra Leoneans in Germany, which he said, was aimed at complimenting Government’s Diaspora Initiative Programme. While urging them to take advantage of the registration, he assured that the information provided will be kept confidential.
The Head of Chancery (HOC), Alhassan Kondeh commended the group for the visit and reiterated that the doors of the embassy were always open to every Sierra Leonean in Germany.
The HOC stressed that even as the group plans to join the commemoration in Sierra Leone, they should give their fullest support to the celebration in Germany to ensure its success.
Kondeh informed the group about the request for the donation of a mini bus by Sierra Leoneans in Germany made by the Chairman of the Relics Commission in Sierra Leone.
Earlier, Adviser to the Group, Julius Conteh before introducing the executive members gave a brief lecture on how the Sierra Sport and Cultural Club was formed to support young Sierra Leoneans seeking asylum in Germany.
“We are proud to inform you that most of those we supported have acquired residential status in Germany and are supporting their families back home both financially and morally,” he said.
He said the Club has also participated in several football tournaments and organised a number of social and cultural events in Germany.
Also to make statements were President Mohamed Suma, Secretary General Edward Koroma, and PRO Ramatu Dumbuya.
Gibril Turay, Umaru Sesay, John Kamara aka JJ and Safie Fornah were the other executive members who graced the occasion.
Umaru Jarr, Germany
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