The Director of the Open Government Initiative ( OGI ), Ms. Khadija Sesay, has expressed delight with the success and impact of the OGI Town Meeting held in New York last month. The quick-smiling and beautiful OGI Boss said that the program had a far-reaching effect to the international world and demonstrated that Sierra Leone had mounted the platform of conducting open and transparent governance.
The OGI Town Meeting was held at the Riverside Church , Harlem , New York on Saturday September 25, featuring President Ernest Bai Koroma , who was here to attend the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly . During the meeting, President Koroma took the opportunity to tell his jampacked audience about the valiant efforts his government has made to turn the country around socio-economically and politically .The President also fielded questions from a cross-section of the crowd on matters of national concern. After the meeting, many Sierra Leoneans confessed that President Koroma reawakened hope and national pride in them .
Khadija Sesay stated that having successfully involved the executive arm of government in the New York meeting the OGI will be featuring another arm of the government in the town meeting being planned for the United Kingdom, in keeping with the modus operandi of the OGI to bring the three arms of government –The executive, the legislature and the judiciary —to the people.
Ms.Sesay said that she had just returned from Moyamba , in the Southern Province ,where the OGI had another successful town meeting.