March 26, 2018 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has on behalf of the government of Nigeria donated two trucks, Hilux pick-up vans, engine boats and five motor bikes to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to aid the smooth conduct of the presidential run-off election slated for Tuesday, March 27.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony Saturday, 24th March, Dr. Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada expressed his delight to assist Sierra Leone’s electioneering process.
According to him, the donation should not come as a surprise because Nigeria has always risen up to the occasion to support Sierra Leone in times of need, citing the eleven years civil war, Ebola crisis and the mudslide and flood disaster.
He maintained that Nigeria and Sierra Leone have had long standing bilateral relations and share many things in common, including culture, music and history.
“May I, therefore, once again use this medium to call for peace and calmness, especially at this period that the citizens of Sierra Leone will go to the poll on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 to choose a president,” he said.
Dr. Ugbada added that Sierra Leoneans have the capacity to shun all forms of violent tendencies and co-exist in peace and harmony.
On behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Protocol Officer Tamba Juana thanked the Nigerian government for their timely donation, adding that they have always demonstrated that they are a true friend of Sierra Leone.
Receiving the items, Chairman of NEC, Mohamed Nfa Alie Conteh thanked the High Commission and the Nigeria government for their support, and admitted that the items came at a time they needed it most.
“This is not the first time the Nigerian Government is donating to NEC. In 2012, they donated twenty-four (24) pick-up vans and one million United States dollars to help in the conduct of election,” said Conteh.
He assured that the donated items will be used for their intended purpose, adding that the commission was looking forward to more of such assistance.