Bio To Address UN Gen. Assembly


His Excellency Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio and entourage have arrived in the United States of America for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly Heads of State meeting which officially opened yesterday.

President Bio accompanied by First Lady, Fatima Bio landed on Monday at the John F. Kennedy Airport at 1PM local time. He was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of Sierra Leoneans resident in New York and others who traveled from nearby states. They chanted: Maada Bioooooo-Mada Bio-yayyyy!!! President Biooooo, President Bio-yayyyy!!!

From the airport, President Bio who was received by Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Francis Kaikai and Embassy staff were driven to the five-star Marriot East Side Hotel on Lexington Avenue in uptown Manhattan.

President Bio will, according to his Press Secretary, Keketoma Sandy, address the UN General Assembly tomorrow on the New Direction Government’s key political commitments and priorities.

As Chairman of the Africa Union Committee of Ten Heads of State on UN Security Council reforms, he said, President Bio will tell the General Assembly that “unless we are able to contend with the reform of the Security Council, the most critical question of the day is, will our organization still be locked into promoting undemocratic and discriminatory principles?”

President Bio’s itinerary includes many events with world leaders and personalities on the margins. These include an invitation to meet with Bill Gates of Microsoft fame and one of the five richest persons in the world.

He will also meet with George Sourous the Hungarian billionaire who set up the Open Society Foundation to promote good governance in developing countries.

President Bio, apart from his official UN engagement will hold town hall meetings with his compatriots living in the USA in New York and Washington DC respectively to brief them on what his government has done so far in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

He would include in his schedule a visit to his 2018 presidential running-mate, Dr. Kadi Sesay, in California on the west coast.