‘Positive Attitude Week’ workshop underway
The Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) Secretariat, in consultation with the Ministry of Information and Communications, is currently hosting a week-long sensitization and interaction programme at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown. (Photo: Nanette Thomas, National Coordinator and Second-in-Command, ABC Secretariat )
The forum dubbed ‘Positive Attitude Behaviour Week’ was formally launched on Monday 1st October 2012, and is slated to run throughout the week on to Saturday 6th October 2012.
The workshop has as its theme: “Positive Attitude and Behaviour: The yardstick for socio-economic growth and development”.
The opening session on Monday was successfully chaired by the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Sheka Tarawallie, with keynote address delivered by the Secretary to the President, on behalf of the initiator of the ABC concept and secretariat, President Ernest Bai Koroma, who was unavoidably absent from the programme due to other state matters.
The ‘Positive Attitude Behaviour Week’ is attracting hundreds of stakeholders from various disciplines including security forces, bike riders, religious leaders, government officials, ataya base members, political parties’ representatives, market women, school children, and many more.
In his opening courtesies, the Deputy Information and Communications Minister, Sheka Tarawallie expressed satisfaction that people from various works of life attended the all-important sensitization and interaction forum.
He stressed that positive attitudinal and behavioral change should be imbibed by every patriotic Sierra Leone, as according to him, such is the only way out for a prosperous nation.
He said it is the business of each and every Sierra Leonean to help build Sierra Leone.
He further spoke of the importance for all Sierra Leoneans to support the President’s agenda for change, which will surely move Sierra Leone to higher heights.
According to him, President Koroma has ensured significant progress and development in the country since he assumed power in 2007, ‘thus the need for all to support him for a prosperous Sierra Leone’.
Dr. Abass Kamara who represented the Chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), reiterated that change of attitude is a determinant factor for the progress of the country and the future generation.
“The importance for each and every Sierra Leonean to put hands on deck with the singular objective to build a better nation cannot be overemphasized,” he disclosed, while calling on all Sierra Leoneans to be patriotic.
Professor Joe A.D. Allie, Head of Department, History and African Studies at the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College (FBC), said it is important for Sierra Leoneans to reflect on the years when the country was being referred to as the Anthens of West Africa in terms of quality and standard education.
“We have lost that past glory due to the change of the attitudes of Sierra Leoneans from positive to negative,” he pointed out, adding that the current state of the country is not good for the inheritance of the future generation. Professor Amy Joof of the Education Department Fourah Bay College, Dr. Adonis Aboud, Dean of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps admonished participants to demonstrate positive attitude for the good of the country.
Bishop J. Archibald Cole, National President Pentecostal Fellowship of Sierra Leone, Mr. Brian Sitta Kargbo, Executive Director CAFA, and Mr. Mohamed Kamarainba Executive Director Patriotic Sierra Leonean stressed on the responsibility of all to change their negative attitudes. Sierra Leoneans, they stressed, must embrace themselves in the interest of national unity and development.
They called on all to put all their commitment to what they do for the progress of the nation, adding that there is no need for Sierra Leoneans to hate themselves because of tribe, religion, region or political differences.
The two executives of the ABC Secretariat, Ivan Ajibola Thomas (above) and Nanette Thomas, Executive Director and National Coordinator and Second-in-Command respectively, concentrated their statements on non-violence and positive attitudes.
They confirmed that the secretariat has held uncountable sensitization meetings in various parts of the country, in a bid to imbibe positive attitude on all Sierra Leoneans.
They called on all Sierra Leoneans to always ensure they do the right thing. The rapture kids were in attendance as they performed for the participants.
ABC Communications Office
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