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HRC Chairperson Hobnobs With Loko Traditional Authorities

July 20, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie 

HRCSL Chairperson, Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah and Western Area Loko Tribal Head, Chief Alhaji Alpha Sahid Sesay
Loko traditional authorities seated with their own

Loko traditional authorities in the Western Area yesterday paid a courtesy visit to the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL).

The purpose of the visit was to celebrate and congratulate Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah on his new appointment.

The group of elated Loko  tribal authorities assured the Chairperson of their unflinching support.

As Loko by tribe, Dr. Fornah was one of three commissioners appointed by President Ernest Bai Koroma few months ago, to serve in the commission. After parliamentary approval, he was elected by his colleague commissioners to steer the ship for the next two years in promoting and protection the rights of citizens.

During the ceremony, Western Area Loko Tribal Head, Chief Alhaji Alpha Sahid Sesay, thanked President Koroma for recognising the Lokos by placing them in positions of trust.

He however, urged the President to see the Lokos as his grandchildren and offer them more positions in the governance of the country as there are many out there, who wanted to serve the country.

“Lokos are the aborigines of this country. We thank the president for recognizing us and we are also appealing for more appointments in positions of trust,” he urged, while disclosing that there are over 100,000 Lokos in Freetown.

Responding, Dr. Fornah thanked the Loko traditional authorities for the surprised visit to his office and assured them of his support at all times.

“I am proud to be a Loko and I will continue to be till I die. Loko is considered to be the minority and some people are not proud of being a Loko,” he said.

He urged them to carry out their duties and responsibilities using a human right lens and work within the ambit of the law.

While encouraging them to promote the culture of human rights in their communities, Dr. Fornah stressed that it should be done with kind respect for the people.

He thanked President Koroma for the appointment and claimed that he is the only Presidents since independence to have recognized the Lokos by giving them prominent positions in his government.

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