Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Sir Edward Turay has called on Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora to remain united and serve as loyal ambassadors to the country. He urging them to remain committed to the task nation building and the dream of taking Sierra Leone to the next level of development.
He reminded them of the need to retain the highly respected Africa traditional values of recognising elders and respecting them, urging they should give honours to those who deserve them by show interest in their country.
Sir Eddie was speaking recently during his visit to Norway.
Addressing a group of Sierra Leoneans at the Methodist Church at St. Olavs Gata in Oslo, His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay it was essential as a well cultured community to serve and honour God while respecting the elders, especially in their community.
According to him:”Leadership is a gift from God and it should be honoured and respected”.
He urges them to respect the leadership of the Sierra Leone Union in Oslo.
Turay, who was in Oslo to present credentials to the King of Norway said there is time for every purpose and called on his compatriots to support the leadership of the Sierra Leone union for the good of the country.
The High Commissioner also spoke about Sierra Leone’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee celebration which is currently being planned in several countries where Sierra Leone has missions as well as in Freetown.
Earlier, Turay extended greetings on behalf of his President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to Sierra Leoneans in Norway.
The High Commissioner was also treated to a heated interactive session of questions and answers with the SL union leadership taking him on issues affecting the community.
The leader of the Sierra Leone Union in Norway Joseph Conteh had presented a long list of concerns and enquiries which centred on the plight of every Sierra Leonean in the Norwegian community demanding urgent solutions to those problems.
“We are happy to have you here in our midst not only to strengthen our relationship but also for you to acquaint us on developments back home,” Conteh told the High Commissioner, congratulating him on his new appointment and lauding him for his hard work for the country as a true patriot and elder statesman.
Conteh on behalf of his organisation enquired about the security situation in Sierra Leone and also about business opportunities in the country.
He called on the government to ensure that infrastructural development is embarked upon not only in the city and district towns, but also in all chiefdoms.
Conteh suggested that drastic actions should be taken against all corrupt officials suggesting imposition of fines and possible harsh imprisonment to serve as deterrent to other in future.
Mr Conteh expressed concerns over the proliferation of commercial motorbikes, known as okadas in the city which he described as very dangerous.
Conteh expressed serious concern over the rampant corrupt practices by land officials on the purchase and sale of land in the country which he said imay serve as a amajor put for many prospective investors in the country.
He commended the government’s efforts on the progress made so far in the area of electricity adding that without electricity there would be no development.
High Commissioner Turay catalogued some of government’s achievements especially in the area of infrastructural development adding that the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has been up and running in the areas of strategic developments to boost the welfare of the people.
He made reference to the new landmark progress made in the areas of road networks, claiming President Koroma has made considerable development.
Sir Turay said electricity is not only flourishing in the cities today, but government has commenced bringing power the rural areas to invite and encourage potential investors and to consider doing business in those parts of the country.
The High Commissioner promised that the government would look into every area of concerns by the union as raised by those he called his compatriots and would address them.
He encouraged members of the union to take more interest in visiting Sierra Leone and see for themselves the progress so far
At this point, Leif Arild Jensen, a Norwegian national who said he had a negative impression about Sierra Leone in the past due to his experience, said the meeting had provided him a very positive and encouraging insight, unlike his experience when he visited several years ago.
“The people are very warm and receptive and you could see the beautiful beaches and lovely hotels, among others, when you go to Sierra Leone,” said Leif Arild Jensen.