Sierra Leone: Fourah Bay Community, Aberdeen Creek Cheer President

Led by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Hon. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, the Fourah Bay Community Tuesday March 23, 2016 paid a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown.

Their visit, according to Alhaji Muctarr Williams, was to thank the president for appointing another member of the Fourah Bay community in the person of Adi Macauley as the new Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Welcoming the delegation, the head of state said the appointment of Mr. Macauley was done out of meticulous consideration. "I appointed Mr. Adi Macauley after careful consideration," he said, adding that he has confidence in him for having the required ability and integrity to effectively discharge his duties and obligations.

President Koroma described corruption as a big threat to not only Sierra Leone but the entire world, and therefore appealed to the delegation to continue admonishing their son to live up to the task as eradicating corruption would help attract foreign investors.

He assured them of government's candid support to fighting the societal menace, while informing the community that his door is always opened, especially to discussing matters of national importance.

In another engagement, the president visited the Aberdeen Creek site along the Lumley Beach in Freetown, where he held talks with the management and staff of the National Tourist Board, the Councillor, Member of Parliament of the constituency and the community chief. Adviser to the President Dr Joseph Sam Sesay said the Aberdeen Creek is a large portion of state land that has been encroached on by the community since 2003.

After careful audience with the various speakers including the MP and Councillor who pleaded on behalf of the people, a decision was reached by the president to demarcate the entire Creek from the community by using the "Sandy Line". He encouraged the community to allow tourism to boom in the country as there are plans to use part of the Creek for tourism for the benefit of all.

The president's decision was highly welcomed by the community who burst into singing songs of praises for President Koroma, referring to him as caring and kind hearted.

Source: all africa

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