Massive support for Deputy Social Welfare Minister in Parliament
There was a massive jubilation in Parliament on Tuesday 12th April 2016 to witness the approval of eminent personalities that were nominated by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to serve in enviable positions. (Photo: Madam Rugiatu Neneh Turay with her supporters in Parliament )
There was a red-carpet welcome for nominated Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s affairs, Madam Rugiatu Neneh Turay by not only grassroots men and women from Port Loko District who came out with their traditional musical instruments as a solidarity support for their new Deputy Minister; but also members of the 50/50 Group, family members and admirers of Madam Turay also graced the all-important event in Parliament.
Of the seven Presidential Nominees approved on Tuesday, Madam Neneh Turay had the largest crowd of supporters in and outside Parliament Building. She was singled out by various Members of Parliament on both Ails for her good works over the years and for maintaining her status as a woman of substance.
Those approved are: Mr. Momodu Lamin Kargbo – proposed Minister of Finance and Economic Development; Dr. Kaifala Marah – proposed Bank Governor; Major Retired Alfred Paolo Conteh – proposed Minister of Internal Affairs; Major General John B.Milton – proposed Chief of Defence Staff of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces; Madam Mabinty Daramy – proposed Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea; Madam Rugiatu Neheh Turay – proposed Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs; and Dr. Christiana Thorpe – proposed Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology I. Their approval came after a successful vetting process that was done by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment and the Public Service.
Hon. Komba Eric Koedoyoma of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party described Madam Neneh Turay as a friend of Parliament in a very special way, and added that it is good to have an overwhelming support in the Gallery of Parliament that cuts across society. “I hope this support will not be like the one given to Jesus Christ wherein those who said hosanna ended up shouting crucify him,” he said, and added that “you are going to a sensitive Ministry that has to do with men and women, please do your best and ensure you work with your boss the Minister to succeed.” he said. Hon. Koedoyoma admonished other presidential Nominees to see Parliament as their friend and should always visit when the need arise.
Hon. Alhaji Serray Dumbuya revealed that Neneh Turay has personal qualities, many talents that will help in in the discharge of her duties, a humble character and sensitive in time constraint and team spirit. “I trust that she will do remarkably well in the Ministry,” he assured. To the rest of the nominees he said “many are called but few are chosen. Do your best to measure up to the task.”
Hon. Veronica Kadie Sesay of the SLPP said the Presidential Nominees are there for the simple purpose of serving their country. “You are to be patient, considerate and tolerant to the people of this country,” she said. Hon. Sesay thanked President Koroma for giving women the opportunity to serve in his cabinet. Neneh Turay, she said is a woman of substance and not a woman of circumstance. “You have to set the pace for other women to emulate your good works. I have no doubt that you will live to expectations,” she stated. Other speakers include: Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Hon. Hassan Sesay, Hon. Aiah Dabundeh, Hon. Jusufu B. Mansaray, Hon. Nicholas Kamara, Hon. Leonard S. Fofanah, the Minority Leader of Parliament Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, and the Majority Leader Hon. Ibrahim Bundu. They expressed nice sentiments about the Presidential Nominees whom they pleaded to serve the purpose for which they are appointed and work well for the development of the nation.
The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya congratulated the Nominees and wished them well in the discharge of their duties.
By Fadda Bakish
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