In their relentless efforts to ensure that Sierra Leone attains the Millennium Development Goal on education, the Sierra Leone Central Union (SLCU) based in Holland on Saturday turned the sod for the erection of a modern technical vocational education institute at Wasaya Community, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Port Loko District.
Wasaya community is one of the deplorable communities in the Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom.
The projected cost of the construction is €80,000 (eighty thousand euros) and is expected to be completed in seven months. The institute when constructed will be the biggest and only one in the Chiefdom.
Speaking at the well attended ceremony, SLCU Chairman, Mohamed Teslemy Bangura expressed appreciation to the Wasaya community for giving them the land and thanked the pivotal role played the Sierra Leone Ambassador to Belgium, Dr Christian Kargbo and Head of Chancery Mrs Wurie.
He added that, “we in Holland thought it fit to put Sierra Leone first rather than self by investing back in the country”.
The chairman called for support from the Chiefs, elders and youths of the community to help them realize their dreams in helping Sierra Leoneans get access to good and quality education.
Bangura explained that through the ‘One Euro one Block’ fund raising they organized; they have been able to raise money for the construction of the institute. He also highlighted some of the ventures they have undertaken that have transform the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
He allays the fears of those who think that vocational institute is meant for drop outs or illiterate people.
Paramount Chief of Kaffu Bullom, Sheborah Sheba Gbereh III, said that the event marks yet another history in his Chiefdom. He added that the institute will not only benefit the Wasaya community but the entire Lungi as a whole.
He called for support from the youths to help in the construction process as their own contribution to see that the project becomes a reality.
The guest speaker Acting Director, office of the Diaspora, Isata Kabia in her statement commended the efforts of SLCU for investing in the education sector.
She reiterated that Sierra Leone is suffering from brain drain, but stated that with such initiative it will restore it again.
The Acting Director admonished the community people to implement the culture of maintenance and exercise ownership over the institute.
The Parliamentarians from Constituency 54 and 55 gave kudos to SLCU and pledged their commitment in ensuring that the project becomes a success.
Councilor Kukuda Suma also pledged his support and assured that the youth will take active part in the construction process.
A Representative from Clozet Organization, Hassan Sesay, implementing partner for project, thanked SLCU for choosing their community amidst many communities in Sierra Leone. He assured of his organization’s continued support to ensure that the project is completed within its stipulated time.
A task force headed by the PC Sheborah Sheba Gbereh III was formed to raise funds and supervise the construction process.
Adama Kargbo who lives in one of a nearby village thanked SLCU for restoring hope to women and girls in the community. She hoped that they will benefit more from the institute.
It would be recalled that in April, SLCU donated text books worth €60,000 to tertiary institutions in the country as part of their contribution to compliment the effort of the government.