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Sierra Leone: SPEAKER ENUMERATES THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF PRESIDENT KOROMA

The Right Hon. Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone, SBB Dumbuya has in an
interview with members of the United World on Wednesday in the
precincts of Parliament, enumerated the achievements of Sierra Leone under the
astute leadership of President Koroma for almost ten years in governance, with the
view of improving the image of the country to attract direct foreign investments.

On his last stand at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, he said that
“President Koroma was there principally to sell our national development, noting the
continued state of peace and development, until ebola reared its ugly head and
resulted in stagnation”.

On the issue of development, he “praised President Koroma for having done
exceptionally well in taking development to every corner of the country through the
Agenda for Change and Prosperity, and decried past presidents for concentrating
development to only where they hailed from”.

He was gratified to say that “the opposition is supportive of Government’s
initiatives through consultations” and described such as “not being parochial, but
nationalistic”.

Relating to Chiefs in Parliament, he said that “they are independent and are
expected to look at issues objectively”.

On the question of relations with other parliaments, he averred that the Parliament
of Sierra Leone is represented in the ECOWAS and Pan-African Parliaments, among
others, whilst speaking on the need for establishing friendship groups with other
parliaments around the world.

Regarding continuity of President Koroma’s legacy, he said that “the APC intends to
get a successor that will continue the programmes and policies of President Koroma,
to prevent a repeat of Joseph Saidu Momoh’s radical departure from the programmes of
erstwhile President Stevens”, cognizant of innovation and adaptation to suit
changing circumstances.

One the issue of Sierra Leoneans in the diasporas, he spoke of those that had been
given appointments by President Koroma to serve in high offices of State, and called
on others with the required qualifications to come home and contribute to national
development.

The officers from the United World who interviewed the Speaker are Nicolas Carver
and Irene Trincado in the presence of former Minister of Information and
Communications, Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo and Ibrahim Sesay, Clerk of Parliament.

Source: Department of Public Relations (Parliament of Sierra Leone)

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