My Lord Chief Justice, Vice Presidents, Excellencies members of the Diplomatic Corp distinguished ladies and gentlemen. My first duty of course Mr President is to congratulate you … now as you know I inherited a bankrupt, war torn and to all practical extent a failing state. I am pleased that my government is leaving behind a stable and fully functioning state at the threshold of prosperity. Mr President I want to assure you that you will get my support all the way to ensure that we achieve our objective of reducing our dependence on other countries for our development. I wish you well and I am sure that you will do all you can to improve the lives and conditions of Sierra Leoneans. Thank you very much.