According to the President of the Association, Yabom Taslim Sesay the project is aimed at providing comfortable accommodation for the pupils and a way of giving back to the school. She reaffirmed the association’s continued commitment to support to the school in ensuring that it realizes its goals.
“Today is a day of happiness and also an important one in the history of our school. Immediately when I was elected, I started to work in the interest of promoting our school; and I am fortunate to have a strong executive that is working with me to ensure that we archive our dream of giving back to the school that made us what we are today”, Yabom Taslim Sesay added.
She furthered that the Association aims to refurbish and transform the Magburaka Girls School and ensuring that it reaches the highest pinnacle in terms of education in the country.
The MOGA Secretary General, Hon. Zainab Kamara said the association has spent over Le280million just to ensure that the children are provided a conducive learning environment.
She disclosed that the association conducted a needs assessment before embarking on the project, adding that they still need help to complete the project.
Zainab Kamara said the project was not just from the their own pocket, but with contributions from other well-wishers, pointing out that they still need support to achieve all what they have planned to do in taking the school to higher heights.
The principal of the School, Fatu Kamara applauded to the Association to continue their kind gesture to the school, adding that they expect more from them.
She stated that the rehabilitation is very importance and timely, as the dormitories were in a very bad state.
Member of Parliament Constituency 59 Hassan Sesay said the refurbishment was considered restoration of the school, adding that the old girls have set a bright example for the younger generation to emulate.
The staff and pupils were delighted over the initiative which they consider a huge boost, as it goes a long way towards ensuring a conducive learning environment.
PPRC Commends, Cautions SLPP
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has commended the membership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) for what it described as the peaceful and orderly manner in which they conducted themselves during the recent Delegates Conference in Kenema.
In a preliminary statement on the exercise issued on September 20, the Commission expressed satisfaction over the overall conduct of the exercise and management of the National Executive Elections.
PPRC also commended the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and Office of National Security for effective security management, National Elections Watch (NEW) and party observers, for observing the process, the live coverage of the event by AYV Radio and TV and some media houses and their large turnout, which it says ‘contributed to the credible nature of the entire process'.
The Commission noted the presence of the representatives of the All People’s Congress (APC) Party and the absence of the former Chairman and Leader of the SLPP, Chief Somano Kapen III, who staged workout on the first day in protest due to procedural disaffection.
The Commission ended by cautioning the membership of the party ‘to maintain the peace and refrain from any act of provocation and intimidation after the conference’.
See page…for details.
Preliminary Statement by the PPRC on the SLPP 2017 National Delegates Conference in Kenema District 15th – 17th September, 2017
Pursuant to its Constitutional and Statutory Mandates, the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Thursday 14th September 2017 deployed nine (9) personnel including a Commissioner to monitor the conduct of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) National delegate Conference on the 15th – 17th September, 2017 in the Kenema District. The Conference commenced on 15th September 2017 with statements from party officials, PPRC and the All People’s Congress (APC) Party. The Commission notes the absence of the former Chairman and Leader of the SLPP, Chief Somano Kapen III.
a. Conduct of Independent Elections Monitoring Observation Committee (IEMOC)
The Commission is satisfied with the management of the elections by IEMOC. This largely contributed to the good conduct of party operatives throughout the process. The Commission therefore congratulates IEMOC for their professional management of the elections.
b. Conduct of Delegates
The Commission is satisfied with the conduct of the delegates throughout the entire process, even when they supported different candidates. The Commission therefore congratulates the Six Hundred and Forty Seven (647) delegates for their peaceful conduct throughout the entire process.
c. The Voting Process
The Commission notes that the voting was done through secret ballot system. Before the start of the voting, candidates contesting for the thirty-one (31) vacant positions were asked to present their nominators and seconders for the positions they intend to run for. They were then asked to affix their photographs on their boxes and padlock them with locks provided by the candidates. The voting process started with the calling of names of every delegate in accordance with their respective positions in the party. This was followed by verification of voters by IEMOC and Ballot papers issued to the delegates. This the Commission believed contributed to the peaceful conduct and acceptance of the results.
d. Counting Process
The Commission notes that the counting was done publicly in the presence of the contestants, the PPRC, the National Election Watch (NEW) and the Media.
e. The Security Forces
The Commission notes with satisfaction that the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) provided the enabling environment for the SLPP to conduct their affairs in a peaceful manner throughout the entire process. The Commission also observed the presence of personnel from the Office of National Security (ONS) throughout the process.
The Commission observed the presence of the National Elections Watch (NEW) and party observers. This large turnout and monitoring contributed to the credible nature of the election. In general, it was observed that voting and the counting process were done orderly and calmly.
g. The Media
The Commission also observed a large turnout of the media houses within and outside the precinct of the Holy Trinity Hall, in Kenema District. The entire process was aired live on both radio and TV (AYV) by some media houses. The large turnout and live reporting contributed to the credible nature of the entire process.
h. Conformity to Democratic Processes
The Commission observed the genuine efforts of IEMOC to constantly remind candidates about their responsibilities to adhere to the democratic election processes. Among which, candidates adhered to stop campaigning in the hall, few moments to the elections. It is worthy to note that the visible campaigning in the hall did not in any way adversely affect the general outcome of the process.
i. General appeal to the General Membership
The Commission wishes to commend the membership of the SLPP for their orderly behaviour throughout the process. However, the Commission calls on the membership of the party to maintain the peace and refrain from any act of provocation and intimidation after the conference. The Commission believes this will restore sanity within the party. The Commission will continue to monitor the situation.