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Youthful Ministers to Supervise Sierra Leone Health & Sanitation
By Augustine Samba
Jan 17, 2013, 17:18
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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.


Fofanah also lectures at COMAHS and assured the committee members that he will still devote some amount of his time to provide some lectures to the country’s budding medical doctors.


The erudite youthful nominee was so impressive that he held spectators spellbound whilst he outlined some of his vision for the country’s health sector.


Earlier on Tuesday January 16th 2013, his nominated minister, Miatta Kargbo also sailed through the committee’s vetting of her suitability for the job. She was so impressive and eloquent in her confident responses that journalists swarmed around her to interview her after her performance.

Nominated Health Minister Miatta Kargbo responding to journalists


Many journalists have remarked that they expect to see vibrant changes in the country’s health and sanitation sector given the performance of both Miatta Kargbo and Dr. Fofanah so far. If Koroma’s appointees perform as expected, Sierra Leoneans might just be in for a treat in the positive direction within the health sector.


There is one more deputy minister for the ministry, Mr. Sawi of Jawei Chiefdom in Kailahun district, who is expected to face the parliamentary committee very soon.

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