EU commits to support new gov’t address challenges


April 20, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie


The head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone has assured of their determination to continue working with the new administration in meeting the challenges ahead.

“Now the real work starts for the new government. It is evident what challenges we have ahead of us and as EU, we are very determined to continue to contribute in meeting these challenges with the new team and government,” Ambassador Tom Vens assured.

He was speaking Wednesday, April 18, during a signing ceremony with partner organisations, including the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Departments of Mass Communications and Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and Local Councils at the handing over of used equipment left behind by the European Union Observer Mission.

Ambassador Vens described the electioneering process as a very interesting period for the country as everyone experienced some tense moments, adding that the elections were concluded in a satisfactory way.

He added that they were happy to have been part of the process, having deployed an observation mission comprising short and long-term observers.

“I have seen democratic processes in other countries. The way the electioneering process was set from the start, especially the dialogue structure, it is exemplary,” he noted.

He expressed hope that the equipment, including office furniture, mobile phones and laptops, among others, would be used for their intended purposes.

On behalf of SLAJ, President Kelvin Lewis said: “We are very grateful for this donation and we will use them to improve on our work. Let me also thank you for the high visibility vest you donated to us during the elections. It came in handy and helped us to do our work.”