Bio Assures Kono


His Excellency President, Julius Maada Bio past Friday, 18th January, 2018 visited the diamondiferous district of Kono, eastern Sierra Leone, as part of his nationwide thank-you tour and assured a mammoth welcoming crowd of the possibility of establishing a state-of-the-art science university in Koidu City.

In his welcome address, the Honourable Paramount Chief Member of Parliament of Fiama Chiefdom, Sahr Yongai Kontanday Mbriwa said they felt honoured to receive the President and his entourage in Kono for the first time since he took over power in April last year.

He confirmed that President Bio’s visit was historic because it also marked the grand home-coming ceremony of Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and the country’s First Lady, Her Excellency Fatima Bio, both of them, he said were born and raised in Kono.

“We the people of Kono are extremely happy to receive you, sir. Your visit shows how much value you have attached to us as a people. We also want to thank you for the government appointees from Kono and for the introduction of the free quality education scheme, but most importantly, we thank you for your dream of providing a university for the people of Kono. We shall forever remain grateful to your government and the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party at large,” he said.

Mayor of Koidu City, Komba Mathew Sam, said they were happy to have the President to the district and expressed hope for the prospect of them benefitting from the ‘New Direction’ government’s effort at prioritizing education.

“Mr. President, We appreciate your government for introducing the free quality education. This is the first time after almost a decade that 17 schools in Kono have been approved and have received their packages of the scheme,” the Mayor disclosed, whilst thanking the government for its sustained plans and steps in the fight against corruption in the country and pledged their support to the government in its pursuit for political accountability.

In his address, the Vice President, Dr Juldeh Jalloh referred to President Bio as the “promised saviour,” sent to transform the country with honesty and sincerity. He introduced the President as the godfather of the free quality education and a man who had pledged to increase the human capital investment through education to a level never attained in the country.

In his response, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio said in amazement that he was happy with the turnout of the people who had left their many busy schedules to welcome him to Kono, where he had gone to thank them for overwhelmingly voting him as President in the 2018 elections.

He told them that he had prepared for several years to govern Sierra Leone with righteousness so that he would usher in lasting development.

“My victory as a President is as a result of the collective support of everybody, including the Konos. I have long prepared for this leadership and I will not fail you. I will use every power vested in me to ensure that Sierra Leone is transformed into a place that everybody will be proud of. Diamond and gold will vanish, the only thing that is sure to transform this country is human capital development. This is the reason why I have placed 21% of the country’s annual budget to support education. This, I think, is the best offer every right-thinking Sierra Leonean should embrace with sobriety,” he assured.