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The people of Serabu, Bumpeh NgaoChiefdom have applauded Emmanuel Pius Richards Foundation (EPRF) for its tremendous effort in supporting the people with health, agriculture, education, and empowering youths with human capital development skills in the Chiefdom.
Over the years the EPRF has been focused on implementing programs to improve agriculture, Technical Vocational training (TVET), infrastructure and health in the chiefdom, as well as complementing the effort of President Julius Maada Bio, especially in education which is the government’s flagship program.
The Emmanuel Pius Richards Foundation had been contributing immensely to improving the lives of the people of Serabu by providing them with skills training as well as boosting them with agricultural equipment and seedlings to farmers across the chiefdom. The foundation exists not only to support the people of Serabu but has shown the responsibility of bringing unity and peace among the people of the Chiefdom.
During the previous holy month of Ramadan, the foundation distributed 80 (eighty) bags of rice to all the Chief Imams in Bumpeh Chiefdom as a gift from the EPRF to support them (the Imams) during the holy month of Ramadan.
The EPRF has also recently constructed a magnificent Multipurpose Hall at the Serabu vocational secondary school which will accommodate over 117 pupils and will be used for external examination purposes and other activities in Serabu town. The Multipurpose Hall comprises offices, a dressing room and a library for the Serabu vocational secondary school. The construction of the Multipurpose Hall has provided relief for hundreds of school children that were always working over 117 miles away from Serabu to Bumpehto take their external exams.
This effort showed how the foundation had put a great effort into improving the livelihood of the people of Serabu through the directives of the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Emmanuel Pius Richards of the Foundation.
The foundation has also donated exercise books, geometry sets, and pencils to the less privileged and remote communities across the Chiefdom. The foundation has immensely contributed to empowering youths in the chiefdom and afforded them agricultural materials such as seedlings and other machinery. The empowering of youth by EPRF has served as a complement to fulfill the efforts of the government of President Julius Maada Bio in providinghuman capital development.
Emmanuel Pius Richards is making life better for his people and also a blessing to the people of Serabu, Bompeh Ngao Chiefdom.
Thomas Paine, An American Revolutionary pamphleteer, expressed in Common Sense (1776) the government is, at best, “a necessary evil.” he furthermore said, “Lawyers, judges, and police are needed to secure the individual’s life and liberty, but their coercive power may also be turned against the people. The problem, then, is to devise a system that gives the government the power necessary to protect individual liberty but also prevents those who govern from abusing that power”.
“Great anger and violence can never build a nation,” said Nelson Mandela.
Sierra Leone is a post-colonial conflict country and has changed several leaders. The dark cloud of hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy among the politicians and the masses in Sierra Leone is alarming. The yellow Politics currently playing in Sierra Leone might kill Sierra Leoneans of today or soon if drastic measures are not taken. The masses and some sincere politicians in the ruling party could attest that things are getting worse, and the issue of unemployment could not be ignored in conversations where the truth needs to be conveyed
Like Nelson Mandela said in his quote, “Violence & great anger can never build a nation.” That is to say, if the ruling party and the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party do not see themselves as brothers and sisters to forget about violence and power thirst, Sierra Leone will lick it old vomits which we all pray not to happen now and forever more.
Sierra Leone is a small country with approximately 7.8 million people, according to the December 2021 Mid-Term Population and Housing Census
However, Freetown Major Yvonne Aki Sawyer was invited to the Criminal Investigation Department CID headquarters at Pademba Road on Thursday to answer specific questions about the obstruction of police personnel on duty. The Heroes Media have been trying to reach her Worship Aki Sawyer to get her side of the story but to no avail.
Ady Macauley former Anti-Corruption Commissioner(ACC) during the tenure of his Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, was also arrested and detained a few weeks back by the Sierra Leone Police to answer certain questions that have to do with the August 10 insurrection. The Heroes Media was also unable to reach Ade Macauley to hear his own side of the story. According to the personnel at the CID headquarters, they believe that Macauley incited violence during one of his AVY programs sometime before the 10th of August 2022. From his AVY interview speech, he said “It is clear in the Constitution that nobody does not need to take/have police permission before a such person could demonstrate for his/her right, you do not need the IG permission either.”
Meanwhile, detaining opposition and opposition leaders inciting violence is not the way forward for sustainable development and long-term nation-building. I presume, as peace-loving citizens, we must instil peace and humility in ourselves and those who believe in us as leaders. Sierra Leoneans should not act like the people in the days of Moses; leadership does not come from the East, North, South & West but from the one true God. We should acknowledge the bitter truth and move along with development.
Everybody can give birth to a child, but not everybody can be called a father. A father is not a title given to a man, but it is a privilege and a special grace bestowed upon him. Therefore, a father is mandated to take care of his household, regardless of the wayward sons and daughters under his control. His anger must not allow him to swear to them to perish or to lead underprivileged life while the father has many beautiful and abundant resources and opportunities in store for his children. On the other hand, the children must not make life tougher and more miserable for the father.
On that note, the president of a country is the father and he must preside well over those he rules. H. E Bio’s manifesto talks/campaign in 2017/2018 were motivating and appeasing too many Sierra Leoneans, mainly when he themed it as “New Direction.” But no one can tell why the sudden change and the why inflation continues to take over the country.
The British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) on Wednesday 19 October announced that Ghana is currently going through some National difficulties. So one can say that Sierra Leone is not the only country facing difficulties. Countries like Ghana, Liberia, and others are going through the same.
Salieu Kamara, a businessman at Siaka Steven Street, Freetown, said that President Bio’s government is far better than the past government as the president is working tirelessly to ensure that the lives of its citizens are better, he quoted, “before a nation could be built for the good of everyone, one has to suffer or perish.” He further said that President Bio is a man of vision, and his slow movement toward development will be thanked for after he leaves office.
Susan J. Jawara said, “President Bio does not have a leadership quality and should not even desire to go for the second term, because he will not win that election. He has failed us, we didn’t vote for him for things to be tough for us, and some of us are single parents. We don’t have jobs to sustain us and our dependents.”
The fear of some Sierra Leoneans, especially those in the opposition parties, is that if His Excellency President Bio and his government leave office next year or at any predestined time. What will be his fate? Well as a journalist I cannot comment on that but I have left it in the care of my readers to decide. We have seen rich people become poor overnight, and the poor become rich, like Abraham Lincoln from nothingness to position of influence, power and fame, nobody knows tomorrow.
It is time for yellow Politics to stop, parents must stop injecting bad politics in their children. Heroes Media Newspaper could attest to the ill fact that there are confident kids in the Kissy community whose parents have warned them not to sit in the school buses provided by the government of Sierra Leone through taxpayers’ money to aid pupils in a school in the morning and take them back to various destinations on. If a parent could warn her child not to use a property that belongs to her, then what is the lesson parents are teaching their kids? A lesson of hate, nepotism, jealousy, and conspiracy to destroy their own children’s future? Children should be children, they must be taught about their country’s traditions and cultures not to give bad counseling about any political party. If truth be told, both parties have failed Sierra Leone, so why the indecisiveness from the two parties, nobody is ready to take responsibility for their mistakes.
The two brothers Milton Margai and Albert Margai and others have done their part and gone; the few alive are not in active service today. Dr. Siaka Steven and Joseph Saidu Momoh and cohorts are no longer here with us. Ernest Bai Koroma and cohorts are off from active service.
I believe that two of the good qualities of a leader are that he must be an approachable and kindhearted leader with a forgiving spirit.
Everyone might have made bitter mistakes to themself or others, but should we continue in sin that grace may abound? This was the question Paul asked the people of his day. As a tiny Nation like ourselves should we continue to be bitter against one another that our nation may go backward? I bet, No, because we have children and those unborn babies that shall take over us. If parents and community people do not teach them the things they should do and those they should not do, I am afraid for Sierra Leone not be on the list of myths.
Nigerians and other nationals are not stupid enough to leave their countries to come down to Sierra Leone to invest here. Sierra Leoneans must remove the veils of hatred, greed, envy, tribalism, nepotism, and jealousy so that we will be able to develop one another to climb the ladder of success.
Many people wish for H. E. Bio is to leave power come 2023, whilst others pray for him to stay in control for a lifetime. But the idea of APC or any other political party taking over in June, is it the solution to Sierra Leone’s problems or another predicament? We see the ambition of Alhaji Samuel Samsung, Dr. Mathew Wilson Kamara, and Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkellah they all desire one thing which is power. The masses must not forget that these people are all human beings capable of committing evil and doing good or mistakes. Are their visions understood by the masses, or they represent their political parties?
However, lack of responsibility is a cause of immaturity, poverty, and leadership failure because there will be no clear purpose for national development.
On Wednesday 19 October 2022, Afrimoney, and Guaranteed Trust Bank had a business partnership dialogue at the bank conference room at Wilberforce Street, Freetown.
Mr. Arthur Kallon the Corporate Officer at GT Bank, made a brief statement by thanking Afrimoney and the press for making it possible to attend the meeting at the bank. And further said that this is not the first partnership they have got with institutions and Afrimoney is no exception, as they have partnered with several local & international institutions.
Ade Adebiyi is the Managing Director of GT Bank in Sierra Leone, he said that day is a historic day in financial inclusion strategy of the government and the regulators. He further said that they at GT Bank are happy to associate themselves with such an opportunity. He mentioned a story of one Saidu who lived in Binkoro and worked for a local nongovernmental organization, “Because the nearest bank to Saidu was a hundred kilometers from him, it became difficult for Saidu to Bank his money, but since 2016, Saidu joined Afrimoney and his necessities started going higher and he started thinking of opening an account. So one day he was listening to a Radio when he heard dial *3737# which he used to open his account through his phone with GT Bank and he was happy. But he had another problem, he asked himself, “How do I put money in my account when banks are far away?” I believe that Saidu’s problem has been solved today because with his Afrimoney he could now deposit money in his account through Afrimoney. Because the GT Bank and Afrimoney launched wallet to wallet 264 000 (Two hundred and sixty-four thousand) customers at GTB will help them to have easy access to financial inclusion and I believe that the wallet-to-wallet will help Saidu and our customers in the 16 sixteen branches in the country to live a stress-free life.”
Martinson Obeng Agyei the Managing Director of Afrimoney applauded his team, the press, and the management of GT Bank for hosting them and he said they as digital money operators are available to partner with financial institutions in other to ease the burden on customers who may find it difficult to leave their homes to go to the bank. He stated that customers can now access their physical money at the nearest Afrimoney agent’s posts. Agyei said they need more collaborations as they have assigned six thousand agents to serve all GT Bank customers by dialing *161#. He went on to say that collaboration like what they have with GT Bank will help the Bank customers and even those prospective Afrimoney users to establish an account with the bank. He acknowledged the MD’s story about Saidu and he said to avoid embarrassment at the bank you can deposit any amount through Afrimoney with 0.4 or 0. 6 which is not even sum up to the transport fare you will use to come to town to deposit in the hot burning sun. “Imagine you go to the bank, well-dressed up and you see those beautiful ladies behind the Teller or counter and you want to deposit fifty Leones you will feel embarrassed. So to avoid that we are happy for this collaboration and to maintain the symbiotic relationship as this is just the beginning of our partnership, we will try our best with GT Bank to make life easy for your customers and ours,” he said.