18th March 2018
'Petito' Resigns But Not Eyeing the Upcoming APC Flag-bearer Position Yet
By John Baimba Sesay (25/03/17)
Sierra Leone’s former ambassador to China has tendered his resignation with his eyes not yet sighting the upcoming APC flag-bearer position.
Reports however say Alimamy Petito Koroma remains thankful to President Ernest Bai Koroma for according him the opportunity to serve his country in various capacities, including envoy to China and other Asian nations. (Pictured: Petito with Dr. Sylvia Blyden in Sierra Leone).
He spoke on Friday 17th March, 2017 during a brief ceremony at the embassy, marking an official handing over ceremony of notes to his former deputy Madam Kumba Momoh.
Ambassador Petito Koroma said he would forever remain grateful to President for that show of kindness and confidence the Sierra Leone leader reposed in him to serve.
He said he was leaving with satisfaction that during his tenure a number of things happened in the embassy especially in strengthening the ties between the two republics, calling on all to take credit for whatever success that may have been achieved.
He referenced the Six Cooperation Agreements signed during the visit of President Koroma to China in December 2016 amongst other developments during his tenure.
"I did not have any direct say except by way of working with the Chinese. But again it happened during my tenure and we must all take the credit,” he stressed.
Ambassador Koroma also paid tribute to the warm support he enjoyed from colleagues in the embassy during his brief spell as envoy and said: “I enjoyed my work here and the support and cooperation of my team.”
Reports say his decision to resign was personal as he had taken the decision to resign from his job as ambassador because he has other plans which will not be possible to execute should he continue to be ambassador.
Responding, Madam Momoh thanked ambassador Koroma for his service to the embassy and generally the country. She said within few days of his arrival as ambassador, Petito Koroma was able to present his credentials to the Chinese president, which was unprecedented and you started preparing for the visit of President Koroma.
Madam Momoh said she was also impressed with the style of leadership of the former ambassador and especially the team work. Sierra Leone, Madam Momoh said, is a small country where we all would meet one day. “We are sorry to see you leave but God has a reason for your departure and as a team, we wish you good luck.”
Unisa Sahid Kamara, Head of Chancery/Minister Counsellor said it was with heavy heart that the embassy was seeing the departure of ambassador Koroma, also wishing him success in his endeavours. "I must confess, it has been a good experience working with you,” Kamara said.
Alimamy P. Koroma was on 13th March 2016, appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China by President Ernest Bai Koroma. He was accredited to several other nations in the South East Asian region.
He resigned his job on 1st March 2017, a decision said to have been necessitated by the constitutional implications regarding his desire and plan to run for office in the forthcoming elections scheduled for 7th March 2018,” stated a press release issued by State House.
During his tenure, he amongst other things, succeeded in encouraging Shandong Iron and Steel Group Co. Ltd to consider processing raw ore in Sierra Leone into finished product given the company’s huge presence in the country through its operations in the Tonkolili District.
He also helped in lifting the bars of cooperation between Sierra Leone and China and at the political front, successfully fostered ties between Sierra Leone’s governing Party and the Communist Party of China. Petito Koroma is reported to have left China for Sierra Leone in the morning hours of March 21st, 2017.
Courtesy: John Baimba Sesay Information/Press Attaché Sierra Leone Embassy People’s Republic of China