The Italian Government yesterday officially handed over forty-one containers of aviculture meat or chicken to the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, at Black Hall Road, in Freetown.
One Hundred (100) cartons of the chicken would be given to each MP for vulnerable groups in their various Constituencies.
Piercarlo Vincentini, the Laison Officer at the Italian Development Cooperative Office was reputed to have said that the gesture was a generous effort of the Italian people towards the people and Government of Sierra Leone; which he stated is in line with other commitments undertaken in the past.
As a result of the long standing relationship between Italy and Sierra Leone, he noted, his government has also approved one thousand two hundred (1200) tons of rice for Sierra Leone to boost the food and nutritional security in the Country.
He expressed gratitude to Government Departments including; the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and members of Parliament who are expected to distribute the items to subjects in their respective Communities or Constituencies.
He then showered special praises on Caritas Makeni and Bishop Biguzzi, whom he noted has been collaborating with the Italian Government, with a solid experience of timely delivery of food aid to beneficiaries.
He concluded that, there is a long lasting motivation from Italy for Sierra Leone, giving their role towards the construction of the Bumbuna Hydro Dam to provide sustainable electricity supply for the Country.
Receiving the gesture on behalf of the Sierra Leone Government, the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Richard Conteh said the forty-one (41) containers of chicken meat from the people and Government of Italy is a clear manifestation of the traditional relationship which had existed between the two countries; adding that the items would reach the intended beneficiaries in the Provinces through their respective MPs.
SLPP Hon. JJ Musa of Constituency II in the Kailahun District expressed satisfaction for the gesture; noting that they would do everything in their powers to reach the target beneficiaries with the items. By Solomon Rogers