State House Uses Favoritism and Familiarity to Embarrass J.B Dauda

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, J.B. Dauda is reportedly “very upset” after he received a directive from State House, over-turning an earlier decision he had taken to recall home, all foreign service personnel serving in different embassies and high commissions who have exceeded a period of four years.

With particular reference to the Sierra Leone High Commission in London, the Secretary to the President, Mr. E.B. Osho Coker, in a letter  dated 5th January, 2012 said, “I write with reference to my minute dated 24th August 2011 conveying His Excellency the President’s approval of the postings proposals submitted to him under cover of your minute of 22nd August 2011.

Consequent upon a review of the situation at the Sierra Leone High Commission in London, His Excellency the President has directed as follows:-

(1) On humanitarian grounds, Mr. Sahr P. Demba should remain posted to the mission as this will provide him the opportunity for medical monitoring which requires clinical attendance every two months and supply of medications. The Ministry should also regularize Mr. Demba’s position following his recent promotion to the rank of Permanent Secretary.

(2) The posting of Mrs. Josephine Marah should be extended for a period of one year”.

Mr. J.B. Dauda had boasted, in an interview in New York, in September last year, that, he was going to ensure that nobody interferes with the postings that had been approved by the President in August last year. This latest review of the posting shows that some influence peddling had taken place at State House.

One would like to know whether a health problem is a conceivable reason to prolong diplomat’s assignment in a foreign country.  If the government really intend to help the sick diplomat, why not send him on seek leave and provide him the required medical treatment? Should other diplomats, who have been recalled home, present genuine sick reports, would they be granted the same concession?  Has the government ever posted abroad any civil servant because of health reasons? Why only Mr. Demba?

About Othman Sheriff 347 Articles
Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. With a bachelor's degree in mass-media and communication, and a Master’s degree in development and peacebuilding, Sheriff is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. Sheriff is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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