Afsatu Kabba, former CJ approved by P’ment

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July 22, 2015 By Regina Pratt

Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, has said that women should be entrusted with public offices if the government wanted things to be done at a speedy pace.

She made this statement yesterday in Parliament during her contribution in the ratification of presidential nominees.

Hon. Lahai thanked President Koroma “for nominating the right people”, especially women to serve in the country’s foreign missions and other public offices, citing former Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh and Haja Afsatu Kabba, whom she noted would be representing Sierra Leone at two important foreign embassies that were strategic to the nation.

She further noted that the female engineer who was nominated for the position of Deputy Director-General at the Sierra Leone Roads Authority, Mrs. E. Memuna Kumba Jalloh, was venturing into a male reserve and that such was a testimony to the fact that women can deliver better if given the opportunity.

On the nominees for the Sierra Leone Housing Corporation, Hon. Lahai said housing was one of the key indicators of human rights and therefore called on the government to be allocating land for foreign missions to construct their embassies, as a way of reciprocation.

Hon. Kombor Kamara of the APC reminded the nominees for the Sierra Leone Housing Corporation about the state of the OAU villas, which he said were being occupied by squatters.

He said government was spending a lot of money on feeder roads and that the work of the SLRA was to rehabilitate all feeder roads, noting that roads leading to agriculture areas were strategic to farmers in conveying their goods to the market.

The various nominees include Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh as High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana; Hon. Afsatu Olayinka Kabba as High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Ing. Abdul Aziz Kamara as Director-General of SLRA; Ing. Memuna Jalloh as Deputy Director-General of SLRA; Sheikh Sahid Sillah as Board member, SLRA; Lansana Dumbuya as Chairman, Sierra Leone Maritime Administration; Mohamed Kaloga Kamara as member, Sierra Leone Maritime Administration; Daniel Yusuf Kamara, Alie Paul Koroma and Leslie Nicol as Board members Sierra Leone Housing Corporation; Madam Fatu Miriam Kanu as Board member, Local Government Service Commission; Christian Palmer as Board member SLRTC, Hindolo Gbow as Board member, SALPOST; Eddie Moigua Senesie as Board member Sierra Leone Airports Authority; and Abu B. Barrie as Board member, Minerals Advisory Board.

All the presidential nominees were unanimously approved by Parliament.