|President Koroma receives Rotary District Governor & bids farewell to SLBL MD|
By State House Communication Unit
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday January 16, 2017, received the District Governor of the Rotary International Club at State House in Freetown.
The District Governor, according to the Assistant Governor of Sierra Leone Rotary Club, Emile Carr, is in the country on a six-day mission to visit the various rotary clubs in Sierra Leone.
Welcoming the District Governor, the president said that as a Rotarian he knows exactly what rotary club is all about, and as president he has always regarded Rotarians as partners in development. Rotary, he emphasized, is about service to the nation, and therefore expressed pleasure over the fact that local Rotarians have been involved in different projects in the country.
President Koroma noted the miasma of challenges faced by the club especially in a competitive environment, saying that the visit of the District Governor will help provide proper coordination, share experiences and help build more confidence among local staffers. He also noted the request to help relocate rotary offices and promoting rotary projects in the country, but however expressed doubt of attending all the conferences announced to him.
Thanking the president, the Rotary District Governor, Aristide Tino Adediran, expressed gratitude to the local rotary staffers, saying the Rotary International is involved in so many activities including peace building, security, health, education among others. Mr Adediran promised to do his best to promote the Rotary Club in Sierra Leone especially in the area of promoting education. He presented a leaflet of Rotary International programmes and a flag with the image of the president of Rotary International and himself to the president.
In another development, the Managing Director of Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL), Alphonse Willy Ngana Mabiala, paid a farewell courtesy call on President Koroma this morning at State House. The president described the tenure of Mr Ngana Mabaila as remarkable mostly in the area of supporting local farmers. “Your period as CEO is remarkable particularly the support you have been rendering to local farmers,” he said.
President Koroma further said that government in line with the Local Content Policy took a decision to provide a win-win situation for both Brewery and local farmers. He said as president, he is looking forward to continuing the partnership as well as breaking new grounds. He thanked Mr Mabiala for staying in the country even during difficult times, and wished the latter all the best in his new assignment.
On behalf of himself and SLBL, Mr Mabiala profoundly thanked President Koroma for his good work in transforming the country and subsequently presented a card carrying the President’s image.
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