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Independence message from the Sierra Leone Student Union in China to students both at home and abroad

Independence message from the Sierra Leone Student Union in China to students both at home and abroad

OUR DEAR COLLEAGUES: April 27th this year makes our beloved country, Sierra Leone 49 years old since its independence in 1961, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule. Colleagues this is a moment for us to sit down again as students and future planners of this nation to retrospect and see what progress we have made so far, and also look at our challenges as a nation and see how best we can overcome them.

Colleagues, there is no better occasion than on our national day like this to urge that we all rededicate ourselves to the task of student unionism and national development. We have no choice in this. It is the only way that we can rebuild a united peaceful and prosperous Sierra Leone.

It is time to change our attitudes to the affairs of student unionism and to our nation; it’s time to rekindle the hopes and dreams which inspired our nation at the time of independence. Let us settle our differences amicably instead of resorting to the ways that will divide us. We, as students have what it takes to bring our nation back to its former glory. Let us recommit ourselves to building a great nation, to promoting national cohesion, economic and social development and fighting poverty; for a nation all of us will be proud of.

Let us therefore continue to pursue academic excellence in our respective disciplines, which can help us build our nation on the solid foundation which was laid by our forefathers.

We also want to use this opportunity to thank His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and his government, for the extreme effort they are making in improving the lives of Sierra Leoneans, especially on the area of free maternal health care. This is a step in the right direction. And to all hard working Sierra Leoneans who are working very hard to realize the dreams of our forefathers, we say “BRAVO”!

Colleagues, as a nation, our strength and character can be moulded, by our being united for the common good of our nation. History tells us that, the most powerful nations today, derive their strength and power from the unity among their various people for the common good of their nations. There is no reason why we as students cannot use our academic creativities and energies to develop this “land that we love, our Sierra Leone”.

Abu Bakarr Sesay, Public Relations Officer
Sierra Leone Student Union in China

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