LAB Transform Cliques to Career Clubs
In a bid to uphold peace and tranquility of the state before, during and after the March general election, the Legal Aid Board (LAB) has launched the post-election Non-Violence Campaign to Encourage and transform clique clubs from crime to career.
The launch ceremony which attracted the attention of high profile dignitaries like the newly appointed Anthony General and Minister of Justice, Lawyer Charles Francis Margai, the Newly elected Mayor of the Freetown City Council (FCC), her lordship, Yvonne Aki Sawyer, international community representatives, Government Consultant Pathologist ,Dr. Owise Koroma, traditional heads, religious leaders, business communities, youth groups, market women to name but few and it was held at the compound of the Miatta Conference Centre in Brookfields on the 24th April 2018.
Speaking on the motive of the campaign, the Executive Director of LAB, Madam Fatmata Claire Charlton Hanciles (in photo) said, they decide to launch this campaign to address post-election conflicts which she said has the tendency to divide the country if proper mechanisms are not put in place and that Sierra Leone is bless with many natural resources which other countries do not enjoy adding that election is a friendly exercise to elect a democratic President of a country without any chaos in accordance with the laws of the country.
The Energetic Director noted that, youths are mostly involved in violence activities during electioneering period because according to her she said they are the pioneers of the state in various aspect and in that regards LAB has initially highlights some hot spots where young people usually converged especially hard to reach areas like Ghettos, slum communities, Cinemas among other dangerous places to engaged different clique clubs to educate them on the need to progress from crime to career.
She added that, before the commencement of the political campaigns across the country, LAB has also accomplished several tasks in a bid to provide legal education for clique clubs, bike riders, traders, students, fisher men, farmers among other dignified Sierra Leoneans just to have peaceful elections.
Madam Hanciles further that; political parties need to discourage violence activities from clique clubs and demonstrate commitment in sustaining the peace unity and freedom of the country adding that without peace there will be no development in the country.
She assured young people of LAB unflinching support in providing legal assistances for Sierra Leoneans regardless your tribe, region or religion.
“LAB is committed to transform cliques from crime to career in a bid to reduce violence across the country and we will continue to provide training facilities for young people”, LAB Director stated.
She appeals to young people to stay away from violence activities and focus on the improvement of the country and mention the effort which the past government made to transform the country from one level to another and also pray that the newly elected government will continue from where the past Government left to another level so that Sierra Leone will compete with other countries in the sub-region.
She expressed profound gratitude to all those who graced the occasion within this short notice especially International partners, traditional leaders, religious leaders, traders council, drivers’ union, comedians, civil society organizations, media institutions among other significant people or institutions who have contributed greatly to the success of the Board.
In her speech as mother of the Freetown Municipality, Her Lordship, Yvonne Aki Sawyer, express happiness for LAB to educate the nation on legal matters and that election is over, the country must progress forward.
Madam Yvonne noted that, since after the election there has been series of violence activities for no good reason by young people across the country and that post-election Non-Violence campaign is a step in the right direction for the country as a whole.
She said, as Mayor of Freetown, she will do all her best to provide the required facilities to give the city a facelift and that she will continue to advocate strongly for youth and women to have decent jobs so that they will not be misled by unscrupulous individuals for their self-interest.
By Alhassan Bangura
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