A six-man official delegation from Hull City in Britain has concluded a one week visit to Sierra Leone from the 23rd January to the 29th January 2016.
In the usual weekly press briefing held at the Ministry of Information and Communication, 8th floor Youyi Building, the Acting Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Madam Kadija O. Sesay disclosed that the visit was a week of discovery and education which indicates the historical linkage of the formal twining between Hull City in Britain and Sierra Leone.
One of the delegates, Darren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council, pointed out that Sierra Leone as a nation, has made vast progress so far during the post Ebola recovery. He stated that the main purpose of their visit was to ensure that they try as best as possible to strengthen the links on research, learning and teaching between Hull City in Britain and Sierra Leone. He further stated that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), has been signed in which they will be building 23 schools in likelihood of those in Hull City.
The delegation made a visit to Bounce Island and other cultural and monumental areas across the country in order to share experience and exchange knowledge.
The Acting Minister expressed the nation’s warm welcome to the visitors and took the opportunity to highlight the success stories so far recorded by her Ministry in the area of strengthening of the legislative framework of the Ministry, and the restoring of cultural sites including the Old Slavery Yard at Kent, the National Museum, the Old Fourah Bay College, the National Railway Museum and the King’s Gate. She also disclosed that plans are in place to open Bounce Island for domestic and international tourism market.
Giving an update on Government’s activities, Outreach Coordinator from the Office of the Government Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, stated that on the on-going debate of the pros and cons of the “Safe Abortion Bill” passed by Parliament, pending Presidential assent, they as a responsible government would not politicize it and that they would continue to respect the human rights of the people of this nation in the course of executing their state duties, and the passing of the said bill into law is no exception.
He further said that as a government, they are closely monitoring the issue that unfolded in Kambia District between the youths of Kambia and the Police which resorted to the angry mob of youths burning down a police station at “Bamoi Luma”. Mr Bayraytay however observed that the youths should not take the law into their own hands, and that conflict in itself is an inevitable phenomenon, but by the same token, it must be settled amicably and in the most appropriate manner.