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Sierra Leone has Government with National Character as APC Disarms SLPP Political Weapon
By Awareness Times
Jun 26, 2015, 17:12
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It used to be easy for opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) to demonise ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) as so disliking South-Easterners and Mendes that APC never gives appointments or jobs to South-Easterners. It was a potent political weapon for SLPP. During 2012 elections it was the main campaign tool for defeated SLPP presidential candidate. However, that weapon of SLPP no longer works because of unifying leadership skills of Ernest Bai Koroma.


The Head of State has been awesome in dispelling allegations his APC-led government is tribalistic. As Commander-In-Chief, he appointed two indigenous South-Easterners at helm of his Armed Forces as Chief of Defense Staff and Deputy Chief of Defense Staff. This and many other confidence-building acts ensure the legacy of Koroma as a unifier is sealed.

From Left to Right on High Table: Faley (Kailahun), Maligi (Bonthe) & VP Foh (Bo)

Accompanying this update are photographs. First one is of the Honourable Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh, a Mende from South East, speaking yesterday as Water Minister Momodu Maligi also from Bonthe (South-East) and SALWACO Board Chairman Robin Faley, a Mende from Kailahun (South-East) listen at High Table to VP Foh's speech on officially handing over vehicles for Rural Area Water Supply project. As can be seen from High Table, APC government leadership especially in Water sector, cannot be faulted as being of a government against Mendes & South-Easterners.

This APC is currently with a national unity face. Therefore, SLPP has lost their cherished weapon but are now prowling for new weapons to use against APC - including unsavoury tactics against VP Foh. SLPP desperately wants VP Foh removed from Vice-President’s Office because VP Foh’s continued presence as Sierra Leone’s Number Two gentleman is inimical to effectiveness of SLPP’s tribal/regional propaganda weapon against APC. However, latest tactics against VP Foh have not worked and the government stands unruffled by the ploys to demonise the VP.

Another second photo also shows Deputy Water Minister Randolph Bayoh (who hails from Bo, South-East) as he joined Water Minister Maligi to welcome VP Foh on his arrival at the event yesterday.

Water Minister Maligie and Deputy Water Minister Bayoh welcoming VP Foh on arrival

The recent appointment of a new Minister of State in Vice-President's Office, Mr. Mohamed Alie Bah, a Fula gentleman from Kailahun in the South-East is also notable. Minister Alie Bah has been sworn into office yesterday 25th June 2015 at State House by His Excellency.

In our opinion, Sierra Leone is currently enjoying one of the most regionally & tribally balanced governments in its History.

Meanwhile, please see below for speech of Vice-President Victor Foh yesterday.


STATEMENT BY VICE PRESIDENT VICTOR BOCKARIE FOH AT THE HANDING OVER OF RURAL WATER PROJECT VEHICLES TO SALWACO, FIVE (5) COUNCILS AND THE MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES – THURSDAY 25TH JUNE, 2015

 

In 2013, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved the sum of USD43.27 million to finance Sierra Leone’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project, which aims to increase access to Water and Sanitation in rural areas of the country.

 

The Project will benefit an estimated 625,000 rural Sierra Leoneans, and result in nine percentage points increase in safe water coverage, including restored access, and at least six percentage points increase in improved sanitation coverage, besides a better managed sector and improved knowledge, attitudes and practices of the primary beneficiaries. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the Sierra Leone’s Poverty Reduction Strategy “Agenda for Prosperity” and achievement of the water supply, sanitation and hygiene targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

 

Cross section of the Project Vehicles

 

The project’s specific objectives are to: (i) increase sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation in rural areas, and (ii) develop a comprehensive national framework for rural water supply and sanitation investments.

The project is well structured to involve all stakeholders. The Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) is the Executing Agency. The Water Directorate (WD) will be responsible for external monitoring including re-establishment of water monitoring infrastructure while the Local Government Finance Department (LGFD) will provide fiscal oversight. Field activities will be carried out by the District Councils, under the technical oversight and quality assurance of SALWACO, WD and LGFD as well as the ministries of Education and Health and Sanitation, in line with their core mandates as central government agencies.

 

To enhance the smooth implementation of the project with special emphasis on monitoring and evaluation as well as the day-to-day management, eight vehicles, nine motor bikes and four boats were procured. Five of the vehicle (Hilux) are to be handed over to the Councils of the five beneficiary districts of Kambia, Koinadugu, Kono, Pujehun and Bonthe located in the Northern, Eastern and Southern regions of the country.

 

Furthermore, two vehicles (Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps) will be handed over to SALWACO and one (Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep) to the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Water Resources.


Water Minister Maligie and Deputy Water Minister Bayoh welcoming VP Foh on arrival

 

As we hand over these vehicles, we entreat those in-charges of handlingthem to ensure that they are strictly employed in carrying out project specific activities. The timely maintenance of the vehicles and motor bikes is also of serious concern to the executing agency. Provisions have been made to cover the cost of maintenance and upon timely request; the Project Unit will process such request.

 

Having said that, it is now my pleasure to receive and handover these vehicles and motor bikes to you, with the hope that they will enhance the productivity of your institutions.

 

Ambassador Victor BockarieFoh

Vice President


From Left to Right on High Table: Faley (Kailahun), Maligi (Bonthe) & VP Foh (Bo)


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