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Sierra Leone Youth Ministry Refutes Corruption Allegations

Sierra Leone Youth Ministry Refutes Corruption Allegations

Officials at the Ministry of Youth Affairs have refuted corruption allegations published by Concord Times on 22nd July, 2020 against the Ministry and the Minister of Youth Affairs, Mohamed Orman Bangura (in photo). 

The said Concord Times publication had earlier claimed that the Youth Minister, Mohamed O. Bangura allegedly withdrew over two hundred and fifty million Leones (Le. 205,000,000) for the construction and establishment of an electronic governance platform, but the facility was never provided.

The newspaper further alleged that the Minister diverted over four hundred million Leones (Le.400, 000,000) to buy a blue tractor that was displayed and paraded during the 2019 International Youth Day celebration at Miatta Conference, Youyi building in Freetown.

These allegations, according to the Director of Livelihood at the Ministry, Victor Muana, are baseless and untrue. He told journalists that they had plan to buy tractors for the Youth Farm Project, but that the Ministry of Finance prevented them from doing so, because the government had wanted to purchase over two hundred tractors for onward distribution across the country.

He said the tractor that was displayed during the celebration of the International Youth Day in 2019 was never bought, and that it was displayed to motivate youth across the country to see reason in practicing agriculture.

With regards the E-governance platform, he said the process has already been completed and that their donor partner, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) requested that they test it potential before it goes public.

He said all the claims made against the minister were not true and that the ministry has designed several projects to engage the minds of youth across the country and make them meaningful in society.

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