April 30, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi
The Deputy Minister of Energy has applauded members of the Kenema Old Students Association (KOSA) for their “resilient efforts and commitment in promoting humanity and community development” in the township of Kenema.
Retired Major Ishmael Sengu Koroma made the commendation while unveiling a monument worth over US$3,000 constructed by members of KOSA in memory of medical practitioners who died of Ebola while fighting to save their infected fellow Sierra Leoneans from the disease.
He said he was pleased that such an important event has been organized as part of celebrations marking the 63rd anniversary of the school.
“I am proud to have attended the Kenema Government Secondary School from which KOSA emerged,” said the deputy minister. “This is a landmark event to honour our brothers and sisters who sacrificed their lives for our beloved nation. Their efforts and commitment should not be overemphasized. This is the time we have to collectively work to ensure that the Ebola disease finally comes to an end. This is a solemn ceremony and I therefore want to thank all those who in one way or the other contributed towards the success of this occasion.”
President of KOSA, Ahmed Kanneh, said the construction of the monument to honour the fallen medical practitioners was not the first project his organization has embarked on in the Kenema community.
He said the school authorities have been working closely with members of KOSA and that the collaboration has been very helpful.
“We are here today to give respect to our brothers and sisters. We have agreed as a school that all those children whose parents died of Ebola while providing medical services should attend our school on scholarship,” he disclosed.
Speaking on behalf of the Kenema Ebola Response Team, Alhaji B. Sesay noted that he was speaking with a heavy heart due to the loss of “our friends, brothers and sisters while in active service”.
He said a lot of efforts and commitments were made by indigenes of Kenema district – both in and out of the country – to ensure the Ebola is defeated.
He called on family members to keep the faith and to take care of those children left behind by the fallen medical practitioners.
Former president of KOSA, who represented the UN family in the country, assured Sierra Leoneans of continued support from the UN system in ensuring that the Ebola is brought to zero.
He said KOSA has always stood tall in community development and participation and that it was laudable for the organization to have constructed such an important monument.
“This is a legacy for all of us as KOSA and members of the Kenema community. We will continue to improve upon this structure to keep our friends, brothers and sisters in mind at all times,” he concluded.