President Koroma highly rated for leadership qualities says Hon Sheka Tarrawali
Washington DC, Sunday March 6, 2011: Speaking at a meeting of the Sierra Leone Sister Cities Organization in Montgomery County, Maryland today, the indefatigable Honourable Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Sheka Tarawalie said that President Koroma (in photo) is highly rated by the International Community due to his leadership qualities.
Also speaking at the meeting was the acting Head of Chancery of the Embassy of Sierra Leone Mr. Sheku Mesali, who noted in a brief statement that the presence of the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications and the Embassy officers was an expression of the Government of Sierra Leone’s commitment to embracing the Diaspora, considered highly by their role as partners in the development of Sierra Leone. Mr. Mesali noted further that with decentralization of powers in Sierra Leone, the forming of the Sister Cities Organization was timely. He pledged support for the Organization saying that he was confident the future twinning of our cities will promote development.
On his part the deputy Minister of Information and Communications, who had flown in from an out-of- State meeting a couple of hours earlier, reiterated the importance of Diaspora saying it was “a new concept” identified as priority area through which the government can harness the resources from the Diaspora constituency in its bid for economic development. Drawing parallels between Sierra Leone immediately after the war and now, Mr. Tarawalie said he was proud of where Sierra Leone was today, and where she was headed. “There is so much going on in terms of growth and development,” he said.
The deputy Minister also known as Shekito, lauded the effort of the members of the Sierra Leone Sister Cities Organization and assured them of government’s support as they strive to twin cities and counties in the United States to cities in Sierra Leone, which will impact on economic development for Sierra Leone. He mooted that government was actively looking at possibilities to extending the enfranchisement to Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora against the 2012 General and Presidential elections.
Among the speaker’s list was the Chair of the Sierra Leone Sister Cities Organization, Ms. Josephine Garnem, Mr. Daniel Koroma, Mr. Aiah Fanday and Mr. Momin Barre, who among other things observed that not many African Ambassadors talk “face to face” with their people as the Sierra Leone Ambassador and government Ministers do.
In another engagement, Mr. Tarrawali held a successful meeting in Indianapolis on Saturday with First Step, a business concern that has established a factory in Grafton, Eastern Sierra Leone, aspiring to produce its first bottled made-in-Sierra Leone juice for local consumption and exportation –making it the first factory after the war to export.
The First Step CEO it is understood, has pledged to give as gift to His Excellency the President and people of Sierra Leone, the first production of the juice, which President Koroma must drink on the day that marks the 50th Anniversary of Sierra Leone’s Independence.
Continuing with his tour of duty, the deputy Minister leaves for Florida in the early hours of Monday, where he is expected to hold another meeting that furthers the President’s Agenda for Change, a vision that is aptly serving as a road map to reconstruction and development.
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Hon Sheka Tarawallie is very right.His Excellency Dr Koroma is an International Leader and a Statesman of International Class.This is the reason,United Nations has given him the tough task of reorganising the Security Council, and also to resolve the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire.I am sure he will be asked to resolve the Libyan crisis soon.8th March 2011
He can only be compared to the likes of Gandhi,Kwame Nkrumah,Nelson Mandela,Jomo Kenyatta and Kenneth Kaunda