Since I was relieved from the duties assigned to me as Minister of Labour and Social Security by H.E. Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio on the 10th day of January, 2020, quite a lot has been said in the media. Within the said period, I have had to restrain myself from commenting or making any public statements, despite some erroneous messages from the ACC. I assure members of the public that I will continue to maintain my stance of keeping a stiff upper lip on the subject.
One thing I will say for certain is that those who know me very well, especially those that I have interacted with, from my school days, those with whom I have worked with, be it during my teaching career or as a Trade Unionist with SLTU or Sierra Leone Labour Congress or as a Civil Society Activist and my compatriots of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and as Minister in the Ahmad Tajan Kabbah Presidency and to a great extent in the present dispensation of Rtd. Brigadier J.M. Bio, they know that I have always displayed maturity, dexterity and a deep sense of integrity and public service responsibility in my dealings with all and sundry.
In all I do, I am continually reminded by a number of considerations, the most overriding of which hinges on the Oath of Office which my huge belief in Islam and great regards for Allah Almighty have constantly reminded me to keep most sacred; added to that is my ancestry, which comprises humility but with a name and reputation to protect.
Along this journey with the Justice System, I will be having consultations and dialogue with people and organizations; do not be surprised if you happen to be one.
At this stage, I wish to commend the efforts of the government and the measures it has taken to contain the Corona Virus Pandemic. I also urge everyone to respect and comply with the measures adapted to halt the disease in its tracks. Thus far, such commendable actions are good for us all. It could be recalled that the former Labour Minister and the deputy Minister of Education together with the Permanent Secretary and two others were indicted by the ACC for various corruption offences.