The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation has unveiled photographs of former ministers of the ministry as a way of acknowledging their selfless, patriotic services to the nation since the attainment of independence.
Photographs of twenty five former ministers were unveiled at the 6th floor of the Ministry building. Dr. Ramadan Dumbuya was the only former minister present at the unveiling ceremony, while others were represented by family members and officers of the ministry.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony Kadijatu Bashir said she was extremely privileged and elated to witness the novel and noble ceremony, to seek a way of permanently remembering of former foreign ministers.
She also said that the photographs signifies a recognition of their past stewardship to the ministry in particular and the nation in general, noting that “many illustrious and distinguished compatriots have served as ministers or secretaries of state in this ministry”The minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Zainab Hawa Bangura affirmed that all of the former ministers had at one point held the office of the foreign minister not for private gains but to demonstrate their strong commitment to serve the country and the people with the best intentions.She noted that the ministry decided to recognize the services of all past ministers of the foreign ministry by displaying their photographs as a sign of acknowledging their respective role and contributions to national development.She said that “the display of these photographs will bring vivid memory in the minds of people serving and visitors to the ministry, while at the same time give new lease of life to our history” .She assured the former ministers that this is just the beginning of their continuous engagement and affiliation with the ministry as all living past foreign ministers will be giving invitations to major functions of the ministry. At the unveiling ceremony of photographs of the former ministers were displayed on a chronological order starting with Dr. John Karefa Smart from 1961 -1964 to Momodu Koroma from 2002 -2007. Present ministers of the APC government were in attendance and close relatives of the former foreign Affairs Ministers.