Deputy Minister seeks blessings of elders
The proposed Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Akhmed Femi Mansaray, together with members of Wara Wara Bafodia Community in the Western Area has paid a courtesy call on the veteran politician from Koinadugu District, Hon. Philipson Kamara, at his Savage Street residence in Freetown, Donstance Koroma reports. (Photo: Proposed Deputy Minister Political & Public Affairs-Akhmed Femi Mansaray and Hon. Philipson H. Kamara)
The proposed Deputy Minister and entourage also paid another courtesy call on the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General and other senior police officers he had worked with in the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) following his nomination by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on Sunday 13th March, 2016.
Akhmed Femi Mansaray, who is to appear before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment and the Public Service in Committee Room Number 1, Parliament Building this morning, deemed it necessary to pay homage to and seek the advice and blessings of Hon. Philipson Kamara and his former bosses in the SLP.
The veteran politician, Hon. Philipson Kamara, who is no stranger to the political landscape of this country, spent some time in the classroom upon graduation before he ventured into politics in the early 1970s.
He represented Constituency 047 in Wara Wara Bafodia in the Koinadugu District, served as Minister in the Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, and Transport and Communications. The veteran politician also served as Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Ghana.
According to Akhmed Femi Mansaray, it is very necessary to seek the advice and blessing of Hon. Philipson Kamara which he said would go a long way in guiding his political career.
The proposed Deputy Minister asserted that in life one should not despise a small beginning hence the reason to seek blessing from the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General and other senior police officers he worked with in the SLP.
He said the courtesy calls were also meant to inform them about the President’s decision to nominate an ex-service police man as Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs.
In his Response, Hon. Philipson Kamara said Femi Mansaray’s nomination as Deputy Minister did not come as a surprise at all.
The veteran politician said since Femi Mansaray lost the party symbol to contest the 2012 parliamentary election in Constituency 047, he had been working assiduously with great commitment to party activities in the Northern Region.
Hon. Philipson Kamara disclosed that Femi Mansaray is the second son of Bafodia to rise to such political height, adding that he did not make any mistake by following his footsteps at an early age.
He promised the proposed Deputy Minister of his fullest support and also assured that the descendants of Koinadugu District were with him.
Major (Rtd.) Antony Bockarie Mansaray, who was part of the entourage, recalled that Femi returned to Sierra Leone from the United Kingdom at a very crucial time.
He said previously, on one counted on him but the quintessential gentleman sacrificed all the luxuries he had abroad, including his beautiful family of one wife and four children, to participate in active partisan politics in his home country in a bid to serve his people.
Major (Rtd.) Anthony Bockarie Mansaray praised the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) for being a rewarding political party.
It could be recalled when Femi lost the symbol contest in 2012, he was later elected as APC Regional Deputy Secretary North, and also Project Secretary for the APC North Region Office currently under construction in Makeni city.
These are the two positions Femi has been holding in the APC before his recent nomination as Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs.
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