“We Can Remove Ourselves From Poverty If We Focus On Where It Needs”- Ambassador Ibrahim Sorie

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Sierra Leone ambassador to Belgium, Hon Ibrahim Sorie and his wife.

Sierra Leone’s ‘All People’s Congress- APC,’ has been in existence in the country, as one of the leading political parties since 1960, after a breakaway group from Sierra Leone People’s Party that opposed the party’s policies formed APC.

After ruling  the country for twenty-three years, the party lost power to the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party-SLPP and they ran the governmental affairs of the country for sixteen and half years.

During the reign of SLPP, it was on the lips of everyone that APC will never come back to power again, but after the military rule and the horrific brutal civil war, APC  won the elections again, bringing them back to power in 2007.

“The reason APC embarked on serious developments in Sierra Leone. Our economy is fragile, the health system is fragile too and the roads are bad. Since APC came to power, many of the bad roads are either completed or under construction,” says Honourable Ibrahim Sorie, the Sierra Leone Ambassador to Belgium, after inviting the Belgium’s branch of the political party to his residence on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Present at the forum were Mr. Abdul Kargbo, the chairman, Madam Ann-Marie Cole, one of the top members, who represented Tapsiru Nallah, the Vice-Chairman, Mr. Abubakarr Kamara, the Organizing secretary, Madam Haja Amina Sankoh, Mr. Alfred Griffith, Madam Kady Tity Kargbo, Mr. Ibrahim Turay and Mr. T Turay.

After the introduction of the party members by the chairman and Madam Ann-Marie Cole, reading out the reasons the party was formed in Belgium and the plans they have towards the development of Sierra Leone, the ambassador was very pleased. He congratulated the members, for taking such a positive step in opening the party’s branch in Belgium, amidst the difficulties and the challenges Africans are facing in Europe.

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Some of the members of the Belgium’s branch of APC  party at the ambassador’s residence.

Development and the devastation of Ebola in Sierra Leone

On the subject of development in Sierra Leone, the ambassador mentioned that to facilitate flexible transportation from Lungi International Airport to the Water Quay, in the capital Freetown, the Sierra Leone government has ordered for three new ferries, now under construction in the Netherlands.

Despite APC’s effort to make life better for Sierra Leoneans throughout the country, many are not happy or satisfied. They see only a sunk economy and the creation of Sierra Leone as one party state, which was one of the philosophies of Siaka Stevens, a former head of state and one of the founding members of the party.

Driving from Pendembu, Kailhun districts to Freetown, are some of the evidence that President Koroma has really transformed the once neglected Kailahun district and the entire Sierra Leone. Many Sierra Leoneans have witnessed the rapid development of the Kanema and Kailahun districts under the dynamic leadership of Koroma’s government.

The journey which used to be more than seven hours on those neglected roads now takes two hours, driving from Kanema to Kailahun. “D Pa de Woke! The amazed Sierra Leoneans are amazed over the tireless efforts of President Koroma.

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A group picture with ambassador Ibrahim Sorie

“There is always opposition in politics. The Ebola crippled the economy of Sierra Leone in a way that we are still recovering. That’s point but we are still dealing with” said the ambassador.

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Section of Belgium’s branch of APC members

After the forum, the ambassador served the members with delicious meals and drink. It was an occasion everyone felt at home. Together with the members, the ambassador sang local songs to entertain the members.

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