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Massive welcome for President Koroma, J B Dauda, and others

Massive welcome for President Koroma, J B Dauda, and others

It was a colourful occasion and another history in the making, when the cities of Bo, Kemena and Pujehun had a massive turnout 14th-16th January 2011 during the official welcome of President Koroma and the presentation of his newly assigned ministers to the various districts where they came from.

Among the officials presented, were the Minister of Foreign Affairs J B Dauda, and others who were appointed by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to serve in various positions of trust, and to deliver good governance to the people of our beloved country Sierra Leone as citizens are now looking for development and not politics.

During the official presentation of the minister and deputies at the town filled Kemena, ministers presented were the Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Minister Hon. J B Dauda (in photo), Deputy Minister of Health & Sanitation Tamba Borbor Sawyer, and the Deputy Minister of Political & Public Affairs Hon Chief Alhaji Benson Suru.

The President, Ernest Bai Koroma, told the people of Kemena that he was very happy with the warm reception given to him and his entourage by the people of the Kemena district as he officially presented the ministers and deputies from the south-eastern province and also inspected government projects in the south-eastern province.

President Koroma went on to state that during the presidential and parliamentary election of 2007 when he was elected as president by the citizens of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the people gave him a mandate to see what he can do to make his beloved country a better place, and since that mandate was given to him, he introduced the ‘Agenda for Change.’ In his Agenda for Change initiative, his government has all the developmental activities that can give Sierra Leone a new face in terms of development.

President Koroma (in photo) went on to say that road projects in Kenema will soon kick off and street lights will be given to the people of Kenema.  He also maintained that, the road project from Kemena to Pendu and Koindu will also be looked into as this project will soon be launched.

President Koroma encouraged all Sierra Leoneans to take agriculture very seriously, as it is one important source of generating revenue ‘that will develop our own country by our own very people and resource.” He also said he wants to change the educational sector and he stressed the need for the free health care system to succeed as the Government wants to extend it. The development of the country lies in the hands of all Sierra Leoneans, we all must work hand in hand to develop our beautiful country, Sierra Leone, the president stated.

He encouraged all Sierra Leoneans to pay their taxes as it is very important for country development, most of the road projects are funded by the government through the money collected by tax payers.

Ministers, Deputy Ministers and the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone in their statements commended the people of the south-eastern provinces, and stated that they were thrilled with the large turnout and support given to them by family members, friends and relatives.

The Ministers committed to working with President Koroma to achieve his goal in the Agenda for Change, and they appealed to the people of the south-eastern province to give in return the same support President Koroma has given them by casting their vote in the 2012 national election.

Hon. J B Dauda further assured President Koroma that there will be no run off come 2012 and he said that the people of Kemena will give President Koroma the necessary support he needs as it’s about time Sierra Leone put the country first ahead of politics.

On Sunday 16th January, President Koroma visited and inspected government projects in the Kenema district area.

The whole programme was well attended by local chiefs from the south-eastern region.

Photographs from the event follow

By Isatu Gbla from Kenema

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