April 26, 2019
By Mohamed Massaquoi
High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic of Sierra Leone is expected to join the administration of the Government Secondary School Kenema (GSSK) and the Kenema Old Students’ Association (KOSA) for the 67th annual celebrations of the school on Friday.
His Excellency Dr. Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada is the second highest diplomat to attend such an important occasion, after the former Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Wu Peng did same.
The visit of Dr. Habiss Ugbada to the Kenema Government Secondary School will add value to the diplomatic ties that has existed over the years between the two governments of Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
There has been a long standing bilateral relation between Sierra Leone and Nigeria and there are numerous assistances rendered by Nigeria during the good and bad times of the country’s history including the civil war, Ebola among other things.
According to the acting President of KOSA, Bockarie Enssah, the township of Kenema will be lightened with series of activities over the weekend, adding that the visit of Ambassador Ugbada to the school will motivate members of KOSA, teachers and pupils of the school to work in order to attain the best standard in secondary education.
He said the celebrations started on the 22nd of April- which was the foundation day of the school and THAT it will continue until Sunday 28th April, with a thanksgiving service and March pass along the major streets of Kenema.
He said they have organized a community interface program in which the executive of KOSA and the school’s administration will visit the newly elected Paramount Chief of Nongowa, PC Kapuwa.
“On Thursday 25th April, we will inspect the school campus and pay a visit to the paramount chief of Nongowa Chiefdom and on Friday there will be Muslim thanksgiving prayers at the Centre Mosque. That will be followed by our Speech Day and prize giving ceremony during which Ambassador Ugbaba is expected to address the gathering,” he said, adding that all preparations have been made for a successful celebration.
Recently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Allie Kabba, requested Nigeria’s assistance towards education and other sectors.
Kabba, who made the call in Abuja when he visited his Nigerian counterpart, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, also requested Nigeria’s help for his country’s energy sector.
He said that the new government in Sierra Leone was voted on the basis of its manifesto and was committed to providing disciplined leadership.
He explained that the provision of quality education was the flagship of the government’s programme and that government would not let the people down in delivering on its mandate
“We will instill discipline in the leadership and make sure that every child in our country has access to quality education. So, that is why education is the centerpiece.
“In fact, it is the flagship programme of our new government and we are working on that.
“I hope that we can count on the support of Nigeria not just in the area of providing classrooms but also providing the teachers.
“Our joint commission over the years stipulates that trained teachers from Nigeria should be sent to help us.
According to him, the technical assistance will make a big difference as the government moves forward in translating its manifesto into reality.