February 6th 2017: My attention has been drawn to yet another attempt to defame me by those who are scared of my growing popularity in Sierra Leone. However, our people are not fools. They know what's happening. Now, when they read a new 'scandal' on BLYDEN, they just shake their heads, smile and cheer me on to continue doing my noble work. But as Obama has warned politicians, all social media propaganda must be debunked. So let me address the Monday 6 February 2017 edition of Opposition SLPP Andrew Keili's SALONE TIMES newspaper which has a very stupid article with title "BLYDEN EXPOSED IN PARLIAMENT". The entire text of article is not in any way in tune with the sensational headline.
|MSWGCA: Hon Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Factually, I have requested to be invited by Parliament but I have not been yet invited by Parliament so how can I get to be "exposed in Parliament"?
Furthermore, there is absolutely nowhere in entire text of that article where it says Parliament has exposed that Hon. Blyden has to account for Le707 million.
There is infact nowhere in the said stupid article of Andrew Keili's paper wherein Blyden got "exposed" for anything. The article is like the Shakespearean 'tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing'.
Let me again make it VERY CLEAR that I do not know anything about disbursement of the said sum of Le707 million which was requested prior to my taking office.
However, I have investigated upon learning of this said 707 million amount. I now know that prior to my arrival as Minister, a verbal arrangement with UNICEF for this 707 million was made in late February 2016, following which a formal request in writing was made on 11th March 2016 and then, according to UNICEF, they paid it to the Ministry on 2nd April 2016.
I took up office on 7th April 2016 and no-one ever told me anything about a sum of Le707 million requested or disbursed.
Just like Hon. Kombor Kamara who is quoted in the article, I am as well very eager to know more about how this 707 million leones was expended.
Let me also state that I inherited a tremendous amount of corruption in management and transfers of funds between UNICEF and my Ministry. I have put strong systems in place to stem this; much to dislike of certain corrupt persons like the ones who criminally misled UNICEF to give them Le107 million for an illegitimate, unauthorized and faked-up anti-Bondo activities religious workshop in Tonkolili. I have since locked that hole they had been using to loot cash from UNICEF in the name of my Ministry.
|Hon Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden hard at work hosting a religious delegation yesterday afternoon
APPEARING IN PARLIAMENT:
For several months now, since July 2016, I have been personally requesting to be summoned by the said Social Welfare Oversight committee of Parliament so I can make some startling revelations to the people of this country through our noble Parliament.
Unfortunately, the Honourable Committee has not yet been able to invite me. I respect the distinguished chairman of the committee Hon. Hassan Sesay and his entire honourable members so despite they have not yet invited me for several months now that I have been vocally requesting to be invited, I am patiently waiting on them.
I do know that I will one day be summoned and I am sure the House of Parliament will be jam packed on that day of my appearance. I will certainly not let down those whom have reposed such high confidence in me as the Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children's Affairs which includes the entire Honourable Parliamentarians and especially His Excellency the President.
I am very eager to be invited and publicly explain my 10 months stewardship of this sacred assignment as a Cabinet Minister. I can barely wait. I have SO MUCH to say to the people of this our great country through our noble Parliament.
Bottomline, I know nothing about how the 707 million leones was spent. It was requested before my arrival and to all intents and purposes, it was all expended (CHOPPED FINISHED!!) ?? before I even took up office. I am respectfully waiting for the Committee to invite me. I eagerly want to publicly speak about corruption in my Ministry. I want to speak to the Sierra Leone people through their representatives in Parliament.
Thank you for reading this far.
Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden.
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