Sierra Leone Embassy in Senegal unveils newsletter
By Ishmael Bayoh, Information Attachè, Sierra Leone Embassy, Dakar, Senegal
Deputy Minister of Justice, Umaru Napoleon Koroma has on Wednesday December 16, 2020 launched the maiden newsletter edition of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
The Deputy Minister, who was in Dakar to attend the GIABA Conference on money laundering, used the opportunity as keynote speaker to launch the newsletter at the Embassy's compound at Mermoz.
The launching of the newsletter marks the second anniversary of Ambassador Brima Elvis Koroma since he assumed office as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Senegal.
Welcoming the guests, the Head of Chancery, Saidu Timbo said since his arrival almost a year ago, the mission has been grappling with the issue of human trafficking. He called on the Sierra Leone nationals in Senegal to desist from this shameful conduct and urged them to serve as watchdogs in the interest of the country.
He appealed to the Deputy Minister of Justice for tougher laws against human trafficking and to clamp down on traffickers which would serve as a deterrent.
Giving the background to the launch of the Newsletter, Ambassador Brima Elvis Koroma underscored the fact that information is power and that one needs not to be in Senegal to know what was happening. Information of this nature contained in the newsletter he went on, would keep one abreast with activities of the Embassy.
Outlining the activities he had embarked on for the past two years in all the countries under his jurisdiction, Ambassador Koroma said so many programs have been put in place in areas of education, Aviation, fishery and tourism when unfortunately the Coronavirus pandemic struck.
“Most of these programs will kick off again as soon as this pandemic is over,” he stated and appreciated the role of the Embassy staff for being there at all times.
According to him, the maiden edition of the newsletter would be the beginning of regular updates of activities in order to bring the Embassy closer to the people.
In his keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Justice, Umaru Napoleon Koroma said: “It was a privilege and honour for me to perform this function. Ambassador Koroma has been a seasoned administrator and I have no doubt in his capabilities.”
The Deputy Minister emphasized that trafficking was a concern to the government of Sierra Leone and punishable by law. He explained that when the government took over about two and half years ago, Sierra Leone was classified on the 3rd tier list on human trafficking by the United States Government. “It is good to inform you that we have made our first convictions on human trafficking where two people have received long term sentences. That move and other reforms have enhanced our status review on the US watch list,” he said.
Mr. Koroma assured the Sierra Leone Embassy in Dakar of working together in the fight against human trafficking by prosecuting culprits and also educating people about the dangers of human trafficking.
The maiden edition of the newsletter contains 17 pages of activities so far undertaken by Ambassador Koroma during this period under review.
In her vote of thanks, Mrs. Abigail Conteh, Administrative Assistant at the Embassy, thanked the Deputy Minister of Justice for taking time off his busy schedule to launch the newsletter. She applauded the efforts of Ambassador Koroma for his astute leadership and called on the Sierra Leone Union in Senegal to work in tandem with the Embassy to help curb this human trafficking menace.
The Sierra Leone Union in Dakar, some expatriate Sierra Leoneans and some Senegalese friends of Sierra Leone graced the ceremony.