In an exclusive interview with Sierra Eye Magazine published earlier this year Rtd. Brig. Bio said: “Education and Skills Development are the key to developing a new Sierra Leone. Education and Skills Development will be a major priority for my Government. Under my leadership, this country will see, for the first time in its history, the largest and sustained investment in skills training and development to create jobs and employment opportunities as well as attract new manufacturing industries.”
In his determination to engage various stakeholders on his vision for education, on Wednesday 18th May 2016, Rtd. Brig. Bio paid a courtesy call on lecturers at the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. The courtesy call which provided a platform for Rtd. Brig. Bio and lecturers to informally interact on a range of issues also attracted students and other staff of Fourah Bay College.
During the interactive session, Rtd. Brig. Bio told his audience about his vision to build a middle-level manpower and that education will be integral to that vision. “Education will be a top priority,” Rtd. Brig. Bio asserted. He also assured lecturers and students that details of his policy on education will be released in the near future.
As a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Bradford, Rtd. Brig. Bio also used the opportunity to brief lecturers about his ongoing research for his Ph.D programme. He informed his audience about the purpose of his research which is to address a gap in the scholarship in the Sierra Leone civil war by examining the role of local and regional actors and agents in supporting the process of peacemaking that brought an end to the civil war.
Rtd. Brig. Bio also used the meeting to formally inform lecturers about his ambition to contest for the flagbearership of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and invite them to be part of his team.
Questions from lecturers and students to Rtd Brig. Bio formed part of the highlights of the interactive session. Rtd. Brig. Bio was accompanied by his gorgeous wife, Mrs. Fatima Bio and some senior advisers including Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Dr Abass Bundu, Jacob Jusu Saffa, Kabineh Kallon, Abdulai Sesay and Mathew Nyuma.
Also in attendance were senior lecturers, members of the Academic Staff Association and former Ministers including Dr Alpha Wurie, Lawyer Eke Halloway and Dr Dennis Sandy (a Minister who served in the APC Government).