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Sierra Leone News : New Ombudsman Ends Familiarization Tour to Three Regional Headquarters Offices
By Abdul Malik Bangura
May 16, 2017, 17:02

Newly appointed Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Melron Nicol-Wilson Esq, has last week concluded a three day tour to the provincial offices of the Office of the Ombudsman in Kenema City, Eastern Region; Bo City, Southern Region and Makeni City, Northern Region.


According to a news release from the Public Relations Department of the Ombudsman Office, “the purpose of the visits was to meet with the provincial staff for the first time and to get first hand information about the current state of affairs of the provincial offices.”

 

During his visit to the southern provincial headquarters city of Bo, the Ombudsman posted in his Facebook account: “I am very pleased to be able to engage with the team here in Bo at the Office of the Ombudsman for the southern region. The reception was great!  One of the community people I met here told me: “Ombudsman, please don’t forget our people. We want justice. We want our human rights”. I was moved by his message. It’s a call to action for my office to do more in championing justice and human rights for everyone, everywhere.”

New Ombudsman at the compound of Paramount Chief of Koya Chiefdom, Port Loko District Chief Kompa Momboli

 

Meanwhile, in the northern provincial headquarters of Makeni City, the Ombudsman posted: “With my amazing team at the Office of the Ombudsman in Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone. The reception was great and I am very pleased to being able to meet and interact with my team and great people of Makeni. 

Their stories are challenging but also very inspiring.”

 

Although the Ombudsman did not post any comments during his visit to the eastern regional headquarters of Kenema City, he was able to confirm to Awareness Times Newspaper that his familiarisation visits to his regional offices in Kenema, Bo and Makeni “are to assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in championing administrative justice and human rights. My report will feed into a 100 Days Plan of Action, which will give the Ombudsman a new direction in advancing the cause or justice and Human Rights.”

 

Melron Nicol-Wilson also added: “I have a special responsibility to serve the people of Sierra Leone from all walks of life and from all regions including the West, East, North and   South. I believe Freetown alone is not Sierra Leone, hence the need to make justice and human rights accessible to everyone in the country regardless of where they live.


Meanwhile, it could be recalled that the appointment of Mr Nicol-Wilson as Sierra Leone Ombudsman was greeted by great admiration at both local and international levels, in choice of President Koroma.

 

Many who reacted to his appointment both on social media and traditional media say that the decision of President Koroma to appoint the youngest Ombudsman in the country’s history is timely and would be a big boost in the fights to protect human rights in Sierra Leone. Due to his wealth of legal experience, many say, Mr. Nicol-Wilson is a symbol of justice and human rights in Sierra Leone, because he is seen as been greatly involved in promoting and protecting the rights of people from all walks of life.



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