In President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, he provided what is quite possibly one of his most famous quotes: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; but what you can do for your country.
This was surely a statement that was meant to poke and alert that sense of patriotism.
President Kennedy was cultivating the sense of patriotism, but however failed to realize that the State too to a large extent is responsible of what its citizens becomes.
The State like any good parent has a sacred responsibility to take care of its citizens (i.e. in the case of a State).
Let us look at a senerio werein the parents failed to oblige to their sacred responsibility and the kid had to be raised in the street and he or she becomes a thug, killer or drug dealer; will a morally upright parent blame the kid if he turns his/her back on them?
My point is if the amenities or the care which are suppose to be in place to make you a good citizen or a good kid is absent, you end up giving back what society make of you; in most cases worse more than the best.
I think politicians and those concern, should ask themselves why is it that when most Sierra Leoneans leave the country they refuse coming back.
I realized that almost 70% or more of those I was in the university with are out of Sierra Leone. The Billion Leone question is why?
The simple answer that will come to mind is that they are searching for greener pastures, but eventhough the pasture for some is browner than greener they refused to come; why?
If I’ll be the devil’s advocate; the society failed to provide for them and as a result can’t harness their pontential for national development.
I’m a Sierra Leonean student in China, with a wife and kid back home, living soley on Chinese Government allowance, nothing from the Sierra Leonean Government.
Despite all the taxes I paid while working back home and all my contribution to national development; the Government never gave a single cent as a financial aid while studying in a foregin land.
Is it that we are so poor as a nation that we can’t even cater of our potential future professionals?
Mind you we are ambassadors out here, so the state we are is reflection of where we come from.
Is this the way to rebrand Sierra Leone, by segragting? Ok you receive scholarship from the embassy and not from the Education ministry so we are not responsible.
Does the Minister of Education know what he is actually doing? Does he know how important we are and how we can change Sierra Leone for good or for worse by what we say out here?
The student list has been harmonized with all 103 names in it, so why is the hold up in releasing funds or if we who got the scholarship from the Embassy are alien, let them tell us once and for all.
I see no money as usual, but a single minister is having money to buy a confiscated drug plane.
All I’m saying give us what due us and leave the rest to us. Sierra Leone is our home and we hate to see it the way it is. We want to make the difference just capacitate us. We no you can fast track the red tap beaucracy and aid the future professionals of this country or else, we need to brace ourselves for more suffering as we will suffer more brain drain that we are already suffering now.
By Ophaniel Gooding in China