UN PEACE BUILDING FUND SUPPORTS SIERRA LEONE PARLIAMENT
19th February 2010, Freetown - The United Nation Office in Sierra Leone through the UN Peace Building fund, on Friday 19th February 2010 donated items worth millions of Leones to the House of Parliament in Freetown. The donation of logistical items is intended support Parliament carry out its activities in other to promote democracy and good governance in the country. These items included Photocopy machines, computers, Laptop computers, a Projector, eight PA Systems, memory sticks, amplifiers, Scanners, Video Cameras, Blank CD recorders and others.
Presenting the items to Honorable Members of Parliament, the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General (ERSG)in Sierra Leone Michael Schulenburg said the UN's mandate is to promote peace and security around the world and also it is also that member countries develop.
The ERSG added that UN is very grateful to help the Sierra Leone Parliament achieve its objectives in moving democracy in the country.
The ERSG informed MPs that UN has contributed to Sierra Leone in various sectors to promote peace, security and development and also went further to state that Sierra Leone is the first country in the world to transform from a Peace Keeping Mission to a Peace Building one.
The ERSG assured MPs that UN will work in partnership with Parliament to promote democracy in the Country.
In his statement, the Chief of Mission of international organization for Migration (IOM), Tommaso De-Cataldo said his Organisation is pleased to be the implementing partner of the project to support Parliament achieves its objectives by having enough staff and equipment to promote the activities of Parliament. IOM Chief Tommaso De-Cataldo also added that the items donated will support Parliament strengthen its overnight functions.
Taking his turn, the Speaker of Parliament Justice Abel Strong thanked UN for the donations, he said the donation will help to facilitate the activities of parliament more so in the area of information technology.
The Chairman of the Programme, Hon. SBB Dumbuya who is also the leader of Parliament and Government business says the donation is timing as Parliament lacks many of the items donated.
Hon. SBB Dumbuya thanked UN and assured that Parliament will utilize the donation well.