January 27, 2016 By Jariatu S. Bangura
Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Member of Parliament from Bo District, Hon. Brima Katta, yesterday noted that President Ernest Bai Koroma failed to mention the Ministry of Sports in his address to Parliament last December which, according to him, was a snub.
Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the presidential address to parliament that was delivered on 11 December last year, Hon. Katta said “the ministry operates on its own” with numerous challenges facing sports during the Ebola outbreak, yet nothing was mentioned in the president’s address.
“If you read throughout the speech, nothing is mentioned concerning sports as it could be recalled that during the Ebola period, Sierra Leone was only allowed to play their matches outside the country, which was a hindrance to the country. Therefore the sporting sector was affected,” he said.
Hon. Katta said sporting fans across the country suffered a lot during the epidemic as most cinemas were closed while the country’s national team was not allowed to use the National Stadium, and instead had to host home games in other countries.
He called on the president to also look into the issue of de-amalgamation, which the Ministry of Local Government is currently concluding proposals to effect.
“We should be asking if we as a country are ready to give support to such priority and can we manage it? This is not the right time to take up such responsibility,” he said.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Chernoh Bah, however, argued that no sporting activities were undertaken in the country, thus there was no need for the president to mention that in his address, noting that such comment should not have been made by the opposition lawmaker.