It is now clear that Sierra Leone’s health and sanitation sectors are going to be supervised by youthful but capable Sierra Leonean citizens. This follows approval by the Parliamentary Appointments Committee of the nominated Health & Sanitation Minister Ms. Miatta B. Kargbo and one of her two deputies, Dr. Abu-Bakarr Fofanah (no relation to the nuisance Fofana journalists). Miatta Kargbo is in her mid-thirties whilst Dr. Fofana has just entered his forties.
For the past twenty odd years, the position of Minister of Health has been held by people in their fifties and above. In furtherance of his promise to have a more youthful government, the President has appointed an unprecedented number of young faces into his ministerial Cabinet.
|Youthful nominated Deputy Minister of Health & Sanitation, Dr. Abu-Bakarr Fofanah, smiles brilliantly as he eloquently answers questions posed by Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
Indeed, there were pleasant moments inside the Appointments Committee Room of Sierra Leone House of Parliament on Wednesday 16th January 2013 when Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, the nominated Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation was able to use his natural gifts of oratory to convince and impress the elected MPs as to his suitability for office despite his youthful age. The confident and handsome medical doctor well illustrated to all present why President Koroma saw it fit to grant such honour upon his youthful shoulders.
Dr. Fofanah, reported to have been a brilliant student at College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), holds a string of university degrees to his name as well as extensive experience both in the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone in which two countries, he is fully qualified to practice medicine and other sciences.
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