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Thumbs Up For Afsatu Kabba
By Aruna Turay
Sep 10, 2009, 17:03
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Haja Afsatu Kabba, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources is one of the many prominent and outstanding women of this country. She is always at the forefront of the rebranding strides of the country, whose capability to handle positions of trust in Sierra Leone came to the limelight during her tenure as parliamentarian representing the All Peoples Congress (APC) party.


Haja Afsatu Kabba is undoubtedly one of the women of substances the ruling APC government has produced. She has over the years proved herself to be a hardworking and committed woman. This is no praise singing, but the fact remains that she has always proved her commitments towards the realization of the dreams of President Ernest Bai Koroma.


Unlike some opportunists in the ruling government, Haja Kabba during the campaign periods leading to the 2007 presidential and parliamentary election, traveled the length and breathe of Sierra Leone. She is still recovery with the stress and pains of traveling on boats and road full of potholes in order to popularize the then opposition APC party.


Was Afsatu Kabba not the first Minister to have made President Koroma proud during her tenure as Minister of Energy and Power? She continues to endure sleepless nights and restless days until the promise of the Present to return sustainable electricity supply to the city was realized. It could be recalled that then Energy Minister Kabba accomplished the December electricity promise of His Excellency with a month of her appointment.  


This was unarguably done with her love for the country, backed by her commitment to make paramount the Presidents wish.


Due to her exhibition of hard work and commitment, it pleased President Koroma to appoint her to head the Fisheries and Marine Resource Ministries. Her appointment to serve as the Minister of that all important Ministry came at a time during which certain other government ministers were demoted and some fired from their jobs due to non performance records.


In continuation of her ability to achieve results in the line of duties, Afsatu Kabba has within four months of her new appointment tripled revenue generation in the Marine Resources and Fisheries Ministry.


As a result of her enthusiasm, she had been able to arrest and charged to court a good number of illegal and unregistered vessels and fishing companies in Sierra Leone.


With all of these achievements made by the woman minister, her name automatically materialized in the bad books of a few bad eggs that are bent on wrecking the countrys image. Sierra Leone is always at the back when it comes to development, for the simple reason that most Sierra Leoneans hate to see a developmental oriented counterpart. They are always on the alert to pull down hard working citizens, and Afsatu Kabba is presently a victim.


Afsatu Kabba has been labeled with all sorts of negative names in order to frustrate her efforts and join the enemies of progress. But one thing I know for sure is that the dynamic woman minister will never succumb to any intimidating and non developmental tactics aimed at diverting her focus.


There were recent rumours that Afsatu Kabba has employed her son in the ministry. But what is all that noise about? Has it now become a crime for ministers to appoint their sons or family? I see no crime to accept a family member, especially when he or see posses the requisite qualification to attain that position. Why was Afsatu Kabbah even singled out when the countrys MDAs are overflowing with relatives of authorities manning them?


Amidst of these noise, Afsatu Kabba is absolutely loved by youths and women of this country.


Stay focus madam Minister and continue your good work in fulfilling the Presidents dream.


Madam Minister, be rest assured that youths, students, women, and people from all works of life are always willing to support your strides.


You are a champion Minister; keep it up.

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