The Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) Sierra Leone chapter has categorically denied that they have neither received funding from the Sababu project for the construction of its school at Waterloo nor for its rehabilitation.
The debunking came following Awoko’s publication of Thursday October 30 in which it reported that the former Permanent Secretary Mohammed Nallo, while responding to questions from the Attorney-General and Justice Minister at the Justice Semega Janneh Commission of Enquiry stated “he witnessed the commissioning ceremony after the FAWE school have been painted flashily and that he could not determine the quality of the structure since he is not an architect, but he was satisfied with the structures after inspecting them”.
FAWE, through its solicitor, Melron Nicol Wilson reacted to the statement in a letter addressed to Justice Semega Janneh stating that, “FAWE will like the Commission of Enquiry to know that the construction of the school at Waterloo and its rehabilitation was funded by Christian in Crisis in the United Kingdom; the Evangelic Church in the United States of America and another foundation in the United States of America and not by the SABABU project”.
Lawyer Nicol-Wilson went on, “I am further instructed to inform you that the commissioning of the project was done in August 2008 by the donors and that the Minister of Education was invited to attend. No SABABU Education project official was invited at the said commissioning of the school as FAWE does not have any contractual relationship with that project”.
The letter further indicated that, “being a former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nallo is fully aware of the undisputed fact that FAWE was not one of the institutions that received funding from the SABABU project,” citing further that “as such his testimony at the Commission was a deliberate and calculated attempt to misinform the Commission and tarnish the reputation of FAWE”.