As indigenes welcome sons Koinadugu explodes
Thousands of indigenes of Koinadugu District at the weekend rousingly welcomed two of their sons who were nominated by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for ministerial positions last month and were approved by Parliament later this month.
The two sons of the soil, Messrs. M.A. Jalloh and Ahkmed Femi Mansaray, took the oath of office at State House on the same day Parliament approved them as Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation and Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs respectively.
The two illustrious sons of Koinadugu District were warmly welcome by the Paramount Chiefs, Parliamentarians, stakeholders and the ordinary people who lined the highway from Fadugu to Kabala Town chanting praises of the two Deputy Ministers until they triumphantly entered the township.
The meeting which took place at the Fadugu Court Barry attracted various traditional dances thanking President Dr. Ernest Koroma for adding Messrs. M.A. Jalloh and Ahkmed Femi Mansaray to five of their sons in his administration.
In the district headquarters of Kabala, both Deputy Ministers observed the Juma (Friday) prayers at the Kabala Centre Mosque where the Jamat (congregation) offered prayers for the President, Ministers and the country.
At the Yogomaya Field in Kabala, the mammoth crowd showered praises on President Koroma and the Chairman of National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Mr. Momoh Konte, for the recent extension of Airtel coverage to two more chiefdoms in the district.
They however pleaded with the President and Chairman Momoh Konte to ensure the extension of coverage to the remote but productive areas in Koinadugu.
In his statement, Chairman Momoh Konte abhorred tribalism in its entirety and called for unity among the indigenes of Koinadugu District irrespective of tribe, religion or belief.
He therefore entreated Messrs. M.A. Jalloh and Ahkmed Femi Mansaray to see all tribes in the district as one people regardless of political affiliations.
The NATCOM Chairman described the district as a powerful mixture that comprised five ethnic groups – Limba, Fullah, Mandingos, Yalunka and Koranko – called Koinadugu, noting that they should do everything humanly possible to always work in the interest of the district and country.
In his statement, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Mr. Leonard Balogun Koroma, stressed that eye-witness accounts from Fadugu Chiefdom to the district headquarters debunked claims that the district was divided, noting that he would inform the President about the display of unity he saw during the welcoming ceremony as a realistic and concrete evidence of unity in the district.
The Transport Minister described his Deputy as a perfect gentleman he worked with perfectly during the 2012 campaign, adding that he was happy to have him as his deputy given his experience which he said could be a unique force towards President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity.
The Minister referred to Koinadugu as President Koroma’s second home as has been demonstrated severally since he acceded to power in 2007.
Mr. Leonard Balogun Koroma, who is commonly known in political circles and in the media as Logus, assured that the governing All people’s Congress (APC) has mapped out strategy to win the next presidential and parliamentary elections democratically in 2018.
Addressing the meeting, the Deputy Minister Political and Public Affairs, Akmed Femi Mansaray, appealed to his people especially party members to exercise patience in order to eat the fruit of their labour.
He noted that he is a living example of patience and narrated the crucibles he went through from 2012 to the time the President considered him for nomination.
Deputy Minister Transport and Aviation, M.A. Jalloh, thanked the President for bestowing confidence in him to serve the state.
He described himself as a lizard that only looks for an opportunity to lean on a stick and climb quickly.
The Deputy Minister expressed no regret for abandoning his former political party – the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) since 2011, while he entreated all and sundry to vote massively for the APC in the next polls.
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