After almost a decade in a state of disrepair, the once famous Arakan Mess has been resurrected with a face-lift through the efforts of local donors.
The officers’ mess along that of other ranks was officially declared open by the President past Tuesday amidst pomp and pageantry.
President Koroma noted in his speech that his initial promise to take care and boost up the moral of the Army, had through the assistance of donor agencies rehabilitated and furnished key military infrastructures that had long been abandoned.
The President further noted that the mess had lost its quality, yet the state would endeavour to upkeep the status of such a structure and the army as a whole.
President Koroma said that Arakan used to be a mess with uniqueness and that it had been an ideal place, where officers used to meet and work out good ideas for the nation.
He however, warned those who had actively participated in the destruction to desist from such practice and stressed that “we should not learn to destroy what the government has created”.
Another occasion was the inspection of the 34 Military hospital where similar renovation also took place.
All the wards had their facilities upgraded as Air-condition, modern hospital beds, and chairs were provided.
His last leg of tour was at the Order Ranks Canteen, where a thorough rehabilitation was also made, followed by the provision of modern furniture and the installation of a DSTV satellite dish.
Defense Minister Paulo Bangura noted in his address that it was his dream to see to the rehabilitation of the mess and noted that it was disheartening to see citizens of the country deliberately vandalize property that is for the general use of all.
The first female Brigadier in the Armed Forces Kestoria Kabia served as master of ceremony. By Jon –Bu