As Bio Orders Gov’t Pension Package… Big Boost For Strasser


The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) under His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio is reportedly planning to commence the payment of pension and gratuity to Rtd. Capt. Valentine Esegrebo Melvin Strasser as former Head of State of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

The former Head of State is at present recovering from a successful surgical operation in Accra, Ghana.

The decision by government to pay his gratuity and pension has been welcomed by many concerned Sierra Leoneans who believe that it has long been overdue. Valentine, according to report, is currently receiving pension as a retired military officer and not as former Head of State.

The Strategic Information Officer in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Abu Bakarr Joe Sesay disclosed that President Julius Maada Bio is currently in talks with all the necessary stakeholders in government to ensure that the former head of State gets the pension package accorded to former Head of State or President as stipulated by the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.

This, according to Abu Bakarr Joe Sesay, will help restore the respect of the former Head of State, adding that President Bio has decided to include Strasser into the pension package because of his patriotism and respect for Sierra Leone.

It could be recalled that Strasser was flown to Accra, Ghana on Thursday onboard a chartered air ambulance following an executive clearance for a surgical operation on his leg, after a long drawn-out battle with his left leg and other undisclosed health complications.

In Ghana, a nine-hour long surgery to his left leg was reportedly successful and his is said to be currently responding positively to treatment at the Eurocare-Advanced Diagnostic and Heart Centre in Accra.

Strasser had sustained gunshot and shrapnel wounds while fighting against the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in the 90s.

Meanwhile, Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Ghana, Francess Anderson is reported to have visited Strasser with a bouquet of fresh sun and hibiscus flowers and Obama-forwarded version of Mandela’s long walk to freedom. She assured that he would be discharged today, Wednesday, 16th January, 2019, but that because he would have to be put under observation for two weeks, he would be checked into a hotel before returning to the hospital for review to determine his return home.