By Alhaji Haruna Sani
In his ongoing bid to deliver Sierra Leone from hunger, Ambassador Omrie Golley has commissioned his newly built ultra-modern Agricultural Training Centre in Port Loko District.
Hundreds of stakeholders in Port Loko district on Thursday, February 9, witnessed the official opening of the Golley Agriculture Development Agric-Demonstration Centre in the district.
The event brought together Paramount Chiefs, women leaders, mayor of the Port Loko City, Chairman of District Council, youths, councillors and policymakers, among several others.
It could be recalled that in October,2022, Ambassador Omrie Golley himself turned the sod for the construction of the four centers.
Four (4) Agriculture Training centers have been built across the country under the project.
The agric-education demonstration centres will be used to teach modern irrigation methods to local communities in Port Loko (Northwest Region); Bumbuna (Northern Region); Kenema (Eastern Region); and Bo (Southern Region).
The team from the Golley Agriculture SL Limited,together with the irrigation expert have compiled a training manual for courses on irrigation and dripping system. The training will not cost prospective students anything.
The Paramount Chief of Bake Loko Chiefdom, PC F. S. Kanu on behalf of his chiefdom, welcomed Ambassador Golley to Port Loko City. He appreciated Golley for choosing his district for the project.
He said that people in the sister chiefdoms appreciated the project. “They will support the project because agriculture is important to the wellbeing of the people of the district,” he said.
“Ambassador Golley is good for us. We as chiefs appreciate him for bringing development to our chiefdom.”
He urged members of the community to support the project.
Mayor of Port Loko District, Abubakar Zozo Kamara appreciated Ambassador Golley for selecting the district for the project.
“Omrie Golley is a person who meant well for the country. He is a true Sierra Leonean. Let us support him to achieve his goal,” he said.
On behalf of the Omrie Golley Agriculture SL Limited, Madam Mimi Betts said development can only be achieved when there is food sufficiency. She maintained that it only when people are fed they can think of development.
“Food is a source of love and unity. Hence this shows how much Ambassador Omrie Golley loves the people of Port Loko,” she added.
In his brief but witty statement, Ambassador Michael Omrie Golley thanked the stakeholders in Port Loko district for the warm reception accorded him. He appreciated the women and youth of Port Loko district for supporting the project.
Ambassador Golley said that agriculture is important for every country to ensure food self-sufficiency.
“Agriculture is the only way we can promote peace, national cohesion, and development,” he said.
He maintained that the opening of the agriculture centre is a fulfillment of the commitment he made recently to the people of the district.