Sierra Leone’s Information Minister defends new cabinet
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communication, Hon. Alpha Kanu (in photo) has strongly defended the recent appointments of government Ministers by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, saying, “when you have a big job to do, it takes a large number of workers or people to perform” or else, the people who voted you will not take you seriously to do what you promised to do when elected. He was speaking on Monday 18th February, on Star Radio’s popular breakfast program, ‘Star Good Morning Show’ hosted by Patricia Ganda in Sierra Leone.
According to Hon Alpha Kanu, the Agenda for Prosperity, which is Sierra Leone’s blueprint for national development is aimed at delivering and that President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has been elected for a five year term in office and “he has only less than five years to perform… he needs a lot of people to ensure he delivers on time.” Speaking further, Hon Kanu said, the number of people appointed is not exhaustive, “this is a sizeable and acceptable number that Sierra Leoneans will appreciate.” The President, Hon Kanu, stated, has concluded his appointment of Ministers, Deputies and Special Assistants, making the complement of what he needs to run a government.
Speaking on the number of vehicles that will have to be used by Ministers and Deputies, Hon Alpha Kanu said, “when you appoint a Director of Agriculture, you provide him with a vehicle … so when you appoint a minister you give him a car… this is the necessity for them to deliver on the job.” On the issue of regional balance, the Information Minister informed, that when the case of percentage of population that voted for the President is taken into account, Tonkolili gave a 93% vote to the President but got only three ministries, Pujehun gave 11% vote but they got 5 ministers and Port Loko with 90% but got 3 ministers. He said, “It is not just about the turnout and support but the ability and capacity of the nominee, devoid of any tribal and regional factors”, the Minister said. “The APC is here to deliver for everybody in the country”, saying, the party has always celebrated the achievements of Professor Monte Jones who was among the 100th most influential people in the world. His appointment as Special Adviser to the President and Ambassador-At-Large, Hon Kanu said, is a continuation by the governing APC in celebrating his achievements.
Speaking further, the Information Minister said, Hon Ibrahim Ben Kargbo “was one of the best ministers we had, likewise Ambassador Dauda Kamara who have both come with their wealth of experience to be advising the President.” The President, Hon Kanu said, has demonstrated his commitment to getting more youths and women in governance than any other President. He also referred to Dr Sylvia Blyden as one of the most erudite journalists in the country, who was also appointed as Special Executive Assistant, Office of the President.
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