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Ex-Combatants Storm Labour Ministry

Ex-Combatants Storm Labour Ministry

Youths opting to be admitted into the Middle East Overseas employment; mostly ex-combatants stormed the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on the news that the final list has been released yesterday. Amidst much excitement and trepidation the ex-combatants assembled at the Ministry learn as to whether they were admitted or not into the programme.

Michael B. Bangura who is the Chairman of the Task Force formed by the youths for the oversea employment said in an interview with Sierra Express “we stride to maintain decorum and civility here even though it is obvious that some names will come up whilst others will not, whatever the result of the short listing, we the members of the Task Force have been able to talk our compatriots into accepting this reality and make no trouble.” He noted this version of the overseas employment coordinated chiefly by the Ministry is for young men with security background like ex-police personnel, the military and prisons with the age bracket of 25-35 years old.

“Forty-two gallant young men have been chosen to control the affairs of the process that will be able to deal with any apparent confrontation the process might face with” the chairman said. For those short listed, a verification exercise will be carried out lasting for one week and Sierra Express was informed that gender equity is taken into consideration during the short listing process. Sierra Express also learnt that anybody that applied was asked to produce discharge books from the service that accounts for one’s eligibility.

Mr. J.Y. Fofanah who is the verifying officer at the Ministry of Labour explained to SEM that the contract is between the Ministry, a company called (KBI), and Sabba International which is charged with the responsibility to take the employees to their various destinations in the Middle East.

He revealed the programme initially targets 250 ex-service men based on subsequent training and experience.

Mohamed K. Senesie and Mohamed O. Opito, SEM

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