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In Sierra Leone, Gambian Vice President Commends President Koroma
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
May 6, 2011, 17:10
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The Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia, Her Excellency Haja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy has described President Koromas commitment to modernising Sierra Leone as very convincing to her. She was speaking in an exclusive interview she granted to this writer during her visit to Sierra Leone last week to celebrate the 50th Independence Anniversary of Sierra Leone which fell on 27th April 2011.


I am highly impressed with the commitment shown by your President towards ensuring his people have a say in the direction your country should take. I commend the idea for citizens to be Public Monitors of Government funded projects and I commend his call for a National Conference which he is proposing. I ask for all Sierra Leoneans including even the ones in the Diaspora to take advantage of the presidential call for national dialogue. The current enabling environment in Sierra Leone as allowed by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma should be seen as a golden opportunity for all Sierra Leoneans to become more involved in matters concerning Sierra Leone, the Vice President told Awareness Times.

 

Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Ambassador Morikeh Fofana & VP Isatu Njie-Saidy in Bintumani Hotel suite .


When she was asked why she was so sure that President Koroma meant what he was saying and that it was not just the usual rhetoric from politicians, she reiterated without hesitation.


My dear Sylvia, as you know, I have been in politics now for quite a long time of which I have been the sitting Vice President of The Gambia since 1997. That is a period of 15 years of meeting and listening to all kinds of Heads of States and Leaders around the world. I know window dressing political speeches and I know speeches that are only delivered to score political points. The 50th Independence Anniversary speeches as delivered by your President and my impression of him during his informal chats with me, tells me he means very well for the people of Sierra Leone, the Gambian Vice President said, adding All Sierra Leoneans should seize the opportunity President Koroma is offering and get fully involved with him in Nation building. He is a genuine leader just like my own President whose sincerity towards the Gambian people is why my country is in such an advanced stage of development today.


Dr. Sylvia Blyden with Her Excellency Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy


Vice President Haja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy has since returned to The Gambia. She arrived in Freetown on Monday 25th April 2011 and returned home on Thursday 28th April 2011. Her exclusive interview to Awareness Times was conducted in the late evening of Wednesday 27th April 2011 at her Bintumani Hotel suite in Aberdeen.


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