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24th June 2018

SLPP Nominees are Delighted as MPs Give Unhindered Green Light so Far! 

By a press release (11/05/18)

Parliament's cabinet screening exercise has brought smiles to SLPP presidential nominees so far irrespective of MPs divergent views.


Reports say the Parliament of Sierra Leone debated the Second Report of its Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, in the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic and finally approved 10 nominees on Tuesday May 8. (Photo: Chief Minister Dr. David J. Francis). 

Chaired by the Leader of Government Business, Mohamed Sidi Tunis, the presidential nominees are to serve in various high offices of State, with the view of supporting President Julius Maada Bio to succeed in his policies and programmes under the New Direction.

The following presidential nominees have been approved by the House: Mrs. Memunatu Baby Pratt-Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs; Mr. Joseph J. Ndanema-Minister of Agriculture and Forestry; Mrs. Nabeela F. Tunis (nee Koroma)-Minister of Planning and Economic Development; Mr. Anthony Y. Brewah-Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

Others include Mr. Raymond Ernest Denison de’ Souza George, Minister of Works and Public Assets; Dr. Morie Komba Manyeh-Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources; Mr. Andrew Ansu Fatoma-Resident Minister-East; Mr. Mohamed Elogima Kendekpa Alie-Resident Minister-South; Mr. Mohamed Bangura-Minister of Youth Affairs, and Mr. Abu Abu Abdulai Koroma – Resident Minister-North.

Seconding the motion, MP Dickson Rogers, who doubles as Chief Whip of Parliament commended President Bio for selecting “a galaxy of qualified Sierra Leoneans” to serve the country in various spheres. He spoke on the need for improving domestic tourism and to refining our youth to be fit for purpose.

In his contribution, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Sengepoh Solomon Thomas described the nominees as “suitably qualified Sierra Leoneans who have been called to serve”, whilst speaking on the need to do something different, saying that governance is not a “fancy”, but rather a serious business based on deliverables.

On the other hand, MP Rebecca Yei Kamara of Coalition for Change (C4C) spoke on the need for transparency and accountability in the governance and management of our minerals, with the aim of benefiting the mining affected communities, citing laws and regulations as in Botswana.

Another MP Saa Emmerson Lamina, Leader of Coalition for Change (C4C) concurred on the need for strengthening the governance of our minerals, cognizant of reviewing the Local Government Act of 2004, and the Mines and Minerals Act to sanitize some of the challenges in these sectors.

Parliamentarian PC Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Sanka III also said that exploration companies are mining without the appropriate licenses, whilst speaking on the need for food security, and to avoid other forms of environmental degradation such as erosion and deforestation.

Independent Member of Parliament, Shiaka M. Sama from Pujehun District has called on the Government to institute an independent investigation as 90% of their farmlands in Sahn Malen is owned by a foreign company, thereby depriving them of their livelihood, whilst referring to Mrs. Tunis and Lawyer Brewah as part of those human rights defenders, who raised the much needed funds to get him out of “prisons”.

MP Bashiru Silike and parliamentarian Veronica K. Sesay respectively acclaimed President Bio for nominating qualified Sierra Leoneans, whilst speaking on the need for performance and improvement in the respective sectors, cognizant of the entertainment industry.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said that the APC could not lend credence and do justice to the debate because they did not take part in the screening processes, but recognized the nominees as “patriotic Sierra Leoneans”.

In concluding the debate, the Leader of Government Business, Mohamed Sidi Tunis promised that the APC will soon start active deliberations in both plenary and committee sittings, whilst appealing to nominees to work with their professionals, who are equally Sierra Leoneans, and not to “sack people” using partisan lenses.

Courtesy: Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown Tel: 077669726/078495023/078426851

Parliament Approves New Chief Minister and Four Others

Parliament of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 8th May also debated and approved the Third Report of the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, chaired by the Leader of Government Business, Mohamed Sidi Tunis.

The Report has five presidential nominees, including Professors David J. Francis, the Chief Minister, and Aiah A. Gbakima, Minister of Technical and Higher Education.

The following presidential nominees have been approved by the House: Professor David J. Francis Chief Minister; Professor Aiah A. Gbakima Minister of Technical and Higher Education; Ambassador Foday Yumkella Minister of Political and Public Affairs; Ms. Isata Abdulai Kamara Resident Minister, North West and Mr. Ibrahim Nyelenkeh Minister of Sports.

Also seconding the motion, MP Dickson Rogers said that President Bio’s nominees are ready to move the country to higher heights under the “New Direction”.

For his part, new MP Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, Leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC), whilst speaking to the nominees on performance and service delivery, he cautioned them about “high expectations that are proportionate to disappointments.”

Other MPs who contributed to the debate called on the nominees to behave as the servants of the people, to improve on medical laboratories and educational standards to ensure competition both in and out of the country.

Courtesy: Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown Tel: +23278495023


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