Mayor Bode Gibson bags media award
Media Watch this week presented an award to His Worship Mayor Bode Gibson of Freetown for outstanding performance during the first year since he was voted in as Mayor of Freetown during the November 2012 election. (Photo: His Worship the Mayor poses with Members of Media Watch)
Speaking at the Mayor’s Parlour, the Secretary General of Media Watch, Mohamed Bangura informed the Mayor that Media Watch was formed in the 2012. He revealed that the Association is comprised of about 50 Journalists from the print and electronic media sectors in the country.
He informed the Mayor that Media Watch is not only serving as watch dogs for the people of this country or making constructive criticism where necessary, but they are also recognizing and giving accolade to deserving Sierra Leoneans who are placed in positions of trust and responsibility. He further intimated the Mayor that his Organization accords due regard to those who hold public office and are trying to live up to the public’s expectation in the discharge of their duties.
According to the Secretary General, the Mayor is amongst other Sierra Leoneans doing their very best to improve this society therefore the organization’s award committee was pleased to recognize those who are performing well in various institutions in Freetown. Mr Bangura accepts that Mayor Bode Gibson is one such deserving Sierra Leonean according to a recent survey that was conducted by Media Watch members.
In response, Mayor Bode Gibson expressed his thanks and appreciation and commended the Journalists for a job well done because they have chosen to look on the other side of individuals that are placed in position of trust. He commended Media Watch for their public duty by giving awards to deserving Sierra Leoneans who in diverse ways are contributing towards national development.
Mayor informed the Journalists that few people are thinking positively about permanent development and beautification of the city. Noting that renowned people in this city are disposing of their rubbish in prohibited areas, whiles some are refusing to pay their taxes, which he noted is part of their civic responsibility, as keeping the environment clean and paying taxes is part of their civic responsibility.
The Mayor revealed to them that he is always making a case for the Freetown municipality to ensure that the city looks like a city, to government and its development partners, and at international levels.
He also informed Media Watch members that very soon the construction of city hall and the King Jimmy shopping Mall will start by next year, and that his office is on the way to also make a case for the Susan’s Bay and Kroo Bay to get a modern market
All of this achievement he maintained will be part of his success stories as the father of the city.
By Zainab F. Kanu, Strategic Media and Development Communications Unit
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