Presenting the ambassadorial nominees to Parliament, the appointments committee chairman and Majority leader, Hon Edward M. Turay said the nominees were interviewed on Wednesday 21 January on pertinent issues relating to their educational background, declared assets, track records in public office, tax obligation and vision for a nationally productive tenure.
The Ambassador to Russia, Dr. Salieu Turay studied medicine in the Soviet Union and Germany and settled to practice medicine in Germany. He speaks Russian and German fluently and became head of the German based Children Sponsorship Programme (CSP) that provided scholarships for Sierra Leonean children in both primary and secondary schools.
He informed the committee during his interview that his discovery for the past years was that Russia had been neglected by Sierra Leone and has not paid full cognizance to the fact that Russia is an emerging economic power. “I am going to represent this country in twenty-two states. Poland is in my diplomatic district and is currently the fastest growing economy in Europe. Russia has the highest number of billionaires in Europe and Kazakhstan is the fastest growing economy in central Asia, Azerbaijan is the Kuwait of CIS states. How can we sit down in Sierra Leone and neglect these states when our diplomacy is literally only to go and take?”
Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Jongopie Siaka Stevens was a medical electronic engineer who joined the Health Ministry in 1976 and rose through the ranks to become chief medical electronic engineer.
He told the appointment committee that he knew the problems from the past that had adversely affected Germany’s relationship with Sierra Leone for which he would ensure that the gap is bridged.
The Ambassador to Guinea, Adikali Foday Suma promised to rely on the bi-lateral relations between the two countries and would use his cultural ties to let Sierra Leoneans live amicably in Guinea.
Eight other Presidential nominees were also approved. They are: Daniel S.B Williams to serve as chairman, National Insurance Company, James Sulaiman Bangura, Aruna D. Bundu, Christopher R. Murana approved as Board Members of National Insurance Company.
Amadu Ibrahim Alim Turay, Andy Macauley and Claudius J. Thomas were also approved as Board member, National Assets and Government Property Commission and Alpha Matidie Daramy approved as Board member, Sierra Leone Housing Corporation.