Office of diaspora bags honorary award

 

By Alfred Fornah

  • Freetown, 9 Nov 2016: The Director and some Senior Staff Members of the Office of Diaspora
    Affairs (ODA) have recently received an Honorary Award from Members of the Sierra Leone
    Central Union in the Netherlands.
    ODA Director, Mr Kallay Musa Conteh (Center) receiving the award from SLCU
    The Sierra Leone Central Union Holland (SLCU) is a parent organization of Sierra Leonean
    Diaspora organizations in the Netherlands, whose ultimate aim is to bring Sierra Leoneans
    together for the benefit of Sierra Leone.
    According to the Chairman of the Sierra Leone Central Union, Abubakarr Bangura the award
    was given to ODA for making great strides in coordinating and harnessing the diaspora towards
    the development of the country. ‘’ Last year we signed MoU with ODA, and they have been
    working accordingly towards that direction’’ Mr. Bangura pointed out.
  • Receiving the award, the Director of the ODA, Mr Kallay Musa Conteh expressed delight for the
    award. ‘’I am dedicating this award to all the staff of ODA for their relentless effort to effectively
    implementing the diaspora concept’’ said ODA Director. He promised that they are going to do
    more in promoting diaspora activities towards the development of the country.
    Meanwhile, one of the exciting and laudable initiatives of President Ernest Bai Koroma when he
    assumed leadership of Sierra Leone in 2007 was to establish the Office of Diaspora Affairs
    (ODA),
    The ODA aimed at laying the foundation for a productive and mutually beneficial partnership
    between the government of Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Diaspora.
    The specific goals of the ODA including reversing the nation’s brain drain to brain gain; by
    identifying Sierra Leone professionals in the diaspora and encouraging them to come home and
    contribute to nation building, encouraging diaspora investment; by creating a suitable
    environment for investments, and also work towards formalizing diaspora remittances . By and
    large, the Office of Diaspora Affairs has been making great progress in the execution of its
    mandates.
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  ODA Director, Mr Kallay Musa Conteh (Center) receiving the award from SLCU

 

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