Dear Mr Minister,
Permit me to skip all pleasantries and allow me to acupuncture the disease that spur me to write this letter i.e. the refusal of granting allowance to all Sierra Leonean students studying in China scholarship.
If it’s true as it’s been rumored that you refused to sign the document(s) so that all Sierra Leonean students in China would benefit from the Sierra Leone government allowance, then I must say you disappointed us.
I know as media professionals we should not be thriving on rumors, but as the African adage goes to every smoke there is a fire, likewise to ever rumor there is at least an iota or element of truth.
Mr. Minister I don’t know much about how you gained your education but one thing I certainly know is that during your academic pursuit if you happened to have found yourself in our position then you will understand what we are going through. If you walk less than a mile in our shoes then maybe you would have been even madder than some of us.
Maybe you never had the experience, so you don’t understand what it’s like studying in a foreign country with no support from your country, no money, except the little you are having from the host country. Maybe you have had the experience or even worse, but because you are stone hearted and power drunk you want us who are not ‘politically attached’ to feel your authority. But as the African adage goes a monkey thinks by climbing up a tree its hiding, not knowing that the higher it climbs the more it exposes its rear. Your effort to frustrate the Chinese Embassy of giving out scholarships to Sierra Leoneans is now crystal clear.
Let’s look at the situation from different angles. Firstly the Chinese Embassy is not blind they know respectable institutions and individuals of merit it is based on that, that they issue scholarship to institutions.
The number of scholarships that goes to the education ministry far outnumber that of any institution. If out of friendship or humanitarian feeling a neighbor decides to pay your child school fees will you not provide lunch for that child because you are not paying his or her school fees? Any parent that acts is such reckless manner is not worthy to be called a parent Vis-versa.
Mr Minister don’t you know that little actions like these have domino effect on the country’s socio-political makeup. Such actions are not only irresponsible, it is also tantamount to sabotage. It seems like some people are ‘Judasing’ the President’s vision of Attitudinal Change.
Ex-President Tejan Kabbah once said: “Salone man dem too get bad heart…” we laughed at the truism but it wasn’t funny; he was just calling a spade a spade.
Mr Minister if you are as it is alleged, refusing to sign the list that will make all of us beneficiaries’ you are indirectly denying us our citizenship as Sierra Leoneans and that I personally do not take lightly because you are no more Sierra Leonean than anyone of us. Some of us have made sacrifice for Mama Sierra Leone more than you can imagine.
We often cry about brain drain these are some of the reasons which are responsible.
Mr. Minister you might succeed not signing the papers depriving us from government allowance, you might also succeed in discouraging the Chinese Embassy from giving scholarship to institutions.
But remember ‘ash will return on those who throw ash against the wind.’ Lonta! Food for thought… I hope you digest it.