July 12, 2018
By Elkass Sanoh
In a congratulatory letter addressed to President Julius Maada Bio, the Spanish Consulate office in Madrid has commended the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) led Government for introducing free education and to fight corruption in the country.
Sierra Leone’s Honourary Consul Alejandro de la Capilla Heusch intimated that President Bio’s untiring role to unify the country has received international acclamation and recognition.
“Let me use this opportunity to congratulate you on your resounding victory as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. On behalf of all Sierra Leoneans residing in Spain, let me express infinite gratitude to your Government for your towering role to provide free but quality education devoid of affiliations and otherwise. Your distinctive role to unify the country and fight corruption is second to none. This untiring stride has received international acclamation and recognition. This is a great achievement for the country. You have once again demonstrated to the world that amid growing challenges, Sierra Leoneans are resilient people. This transition has given renewed energy, hope and determination to continue rolling out your New Direction’s development trajectory plans which we are ready to support,” he said.
He continues that: “We have and will continue to provide support to the Government and people of Sierra Leone and to further strengthen the bilateral ties and mutual relationship. This relationship with our office for almost a decade now has provided security and protection for all Sierra Leoneans in Spain who are enjoying their stay that is not far from their country of nationality.”
The Madrid Consul stated in his letter that the consulate supported the Government of Sierra Leone with one ambulance and medical equipment during the dreadful Ebola virus disease which killed over one thousand people and devastated the economy.
“We have further provided computers and other leaning materials to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. We provided training support to Sierra Leonean youth because our youth are useful component in national development. Let me fervently assure you that we would do more as we continue to enjoy this mutual relationship.”
He noted that his role was not only limited to building international relations and promoting the interests of the two countries, as he also provides legal and even natural disaster assistance to Sierra Leoneans.
“We have been issuing identification documents, organising initiatives by spearheading certain initiatives designed to strengthen ties with a unique responsibility to link foreign visitors.”