The Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone Dr. Samura Kamara and a cross section of management team from Freetown have paid a one day working visit to familiarize himself with stakeholders in Kenema city among which includes the Principal of Eastern Polytechnic Dr. Sandi Bockarie, the Paramount Chief of Nongowa chiefdom Chief Alhaji Amara Bonya Vangahun and the Resident Minister East Hon. William Juana Smith.
In his address the visiting Central Bank Governor revealed that they are working towards changing the Bank’s present status by bringing new initiatives that will foster development in the entire country.
He said his team is to transform the Kenema branch in terms of recruitment and expansion as there is a need for the Kenema branch to grow.
The governor then disclosed that his visit was to familiarize himself with stakeholders in Kenema, which he said would help to strengthen existing relationship between staff of the Bank of Sierra Leone and the people of Kenema.
He disclosed plans to develop the plot of land the Bank has at the Nyandeyama section in Kenema city, while also thanking the stakeholders for their hospitality.
In his welcome address Paramount Chief Amara B. Vangahun expressed his heart felt appreciation for receiving the Governor and team in his chiefdom, as this has been the Governor’s first visit ever made to the township and the region in particularly. He referred to the Governor as the keeper of the national economy and pleaded with him to take great care of the country’s economy for the general good of the country as he is in control of the life wire of the nation.
The Paramount Chief prayed for the visiting team and particularly the Governor for a happy and successful stay in his office. PC Vangahun also referred to the Manager of the Kenema branch John Brima Amara as peaceful, hard working, honest saying that he is a man that can deliver the expected results.
In his keynote address the Resident Minister East Hon. William Juana Smith referred to the Bank in Kenema as a benefit to the people of Kenema and the nation as a whole saying that it has given a face-lift to Kenema town since the 70s. He said the establishment of commercial banks in the township signifies the positive improvement of the economic climate in this part of the country.
Adding that he had known the Governor since child hood he believed that the President made no mistake in choosing him and therefore the bank will probably deliver the expected goal.