NOVEMBER 12, 2014 By Jariatu Bangura
Members of Parliament yesterday approved five presidential nominees to serve in different commissions and on various boards in the country.
They are: Mohamed A.L. Dabeni, Board Chairman of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC); Abu Bakarr Turay Esq., Haja Alimatu Abdullah, Board members of the National Commission for Children; John Bosco Kaikai, Board member of the Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission, and Victor Sengu, Board member of the Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (SIERRATEL).
In his contribution, Hon. Umar Paran Tarawally of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) described one of the nominees, Abu Bakarr Turay, as a brilliant student during his days in school and at college and a very disciplined and law abiding young man.
He, however, urged Turay to pay keen attention to the issue of street children because according to him, there are lots of them roaming the streets of Freetown.
“The issue of foster child should be well looked into as people go to the provinces and take children to the city with the promise to support them, but at the end nothing is done. The issue of child trafficking should also be considered thoroughly,” Hon. Tarawally told the approved commissioner.
Also, Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai stated that more attention should be given to children, especially now that the country has enacted the Child Rights Act, even though it is yet to be implemented by those concerned.
“Our children are our future leaders and members of the House have done well in enacting the Child Rights Act into law. What we need now are people that will take the message to the chiefdoms on their rights as children,” she said.