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Monument and Relics Commission gets new office

NOVEMBER  4, 2014 By Hawa Amara

The Monument and Relics Commission (MRC) has unveiled their new secretariat at 23 Pultney Street in Freetown, with support from the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

The commission’s chairperson, Isatu Smith, expressed her thanks and appreciation to all those who helped them realize their dream, including the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Peter Bayuku Konteh, for his unflinching support, encouragement and leadership.

“As a commission, we are proud to boast of, if not the first Secretariat, but the most outstanding one in the history of the commission since its establishment in 1947. Let me acknowledge members of the Parliamentary Committee on Tourism for their ongoing fight to ensure that the sector gets the attention it deserves,” she said.

She emphasized that the new secretariat is just a temporary home for the commission because the goal of the commissioners is to acquire an old historical building and transform it to a befitting standard that will showcase the true nature of the commission.

She pledged that with the help of God and full support of key stakeholders, the opening of the secretariat will be the first of many more to come.

Also, Minister of Tourism Peter Bayuku Konteh was full of praise for the achievement of the commission in less than a year, and according to him, such is just a sign that the appointment of new commissioners was timely.

He revealed that he had engaged the president and the Ministry of Finance on the need to pay more attention to the sector, and that they have both given him their promise of continuous support.

“Come 2015, there will be an increase of funds to the sector. Notwithstanding the commitment of the government, let me encourage all and sundry in the sector to join hands and seek funding elsewhere as the government funds are limited with competing needs,” he urged.

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