White-Paper Brouhaha: APC Fires Back

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“Given that the Commissions of Inquiry set up by the SLPP government were neither constitutional, fair, independent nor accountable, the APC Party hereby states in the strongest possible terms that the Government White Paper and COI reports are politically motivated, legally flawed and procedurally defective”. See page 6 for more.

Pa-O-Pa Saves 58 Sierra Leoneans from Slavery

The Pa-O-Pa led government of Sierra Leone through its Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has facilitated the voluntary repatriation of 58 Sierra Leoneans from the UAE to Sierra Leone.

These 58 Sierra Leoneans had expressed desire to be taken back to Sierra Leone, especially because of loss of jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many believe that should they not have been returned, most of them would have been rendered financially broke and slaving to make their daily survival.

The first batch of 17 departed Dubai International Airport on Sunday 27th September, via Accra’s Kotoka International Airport en route to Freetown International Airport in Lungi, Sierra Leone.

The remaining set of returnees would also arrive in Sierra Leone at various scheduled dates.

In his reaction, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the UAE, Rashid Sesay, said that the 58 Sierra Leoneans had approached the Embassy to ensure their repatriation back home.

He said each of them were interviewed, issued consent forms which they voluntarily signed demonstrating their willingness to return home in line with IOM regulations.

This move is a major milestone demonstrative of the New Direction’s desire to cater for everyone and to uphold the dignity of every Sierra Leonean irrespective of their status.