Secondary school pupils in Freetown have hailed the Parliamentary Chairman on Youths and Sports Hon Nuru Deen Sankoh Yillah, Hon Tunde Lewally, Mohamed Bangura Coordinator for Attitudinal Change Campaign, Inspector Ibrahim Samura, President of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS ) Felix Koroma and Junior Navo for halting the wide spread violence amongst pupils and youths in the country. Mohamed Tarawallie who spoke on behalf of the group said that over the years violence was the order of the day in schools, but with the timely intervention of these people the situation has calmed.
He added that, Hon Sankoh Yillah and his team have proved that they are capable of addressing youth issues in the country only if they are given the support. Tarawallie commended them for setting up a pupils’ committee which aims to look at the cause, effects and solutions of violence among school pupils.
“We (pupils) are proud to have such young, vibrant and dynamic leaders who have proved to be effective in performing their duties diligently. In response, Nuru Deen Sankoh Yillah said that, he appreciated the efforts made by the pupils whilst urging them to refrain from violence. Yillah told them to always live for the sake of others, love each other and have respect for others and admonished them to sustain and maintain the credibility of their various schools.
He further cautioned them to pay attention more to their school work with seriousness as education is the only security they could get.
To the parents, the chairman called on them to groom their children at home and to always watch their behaviors among their peers.Hon Tunde Lewally said Sierra Leone can be a better country if pupils nowadays change their attitudes and have respect for those in authority by respecting the laws and abiding by them
By Abibatu Kamara