One of Sierra Leone’s most formidable female politicians has easily sailed through questioning of her qualifications and ability to be the country’s next High Commissioner to Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Honourable Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba was feted by Parliamentarians of Appointments Committee which is composed of a membership of 9 ruling APC MPs, 6 opposition SLPP MPs and a Honourable Paramount Chief.
Responding to question as to how she is going to use her appointment as our High Commissioner to Nigeria to benefit Sierra Leone, the erudite Muslim woman said if approved she was going to strengthen the bilateral ties between Sierra and Nigeria by working with technical committees to facilitate all forms of benefits for the people of Sierra Leone including improving trade relations.
Hon. Augustine Torto of ruling APC then encouraged her to work closely with the Sierra Leone Parliamentary Delegation to ECOWAS Parliament.
SLPP’s Hon. Komba Koedoyoma asked if her middle names of “Olayinka Ebishola” have any bearing with Nigeria to which she answered in the affirmative that she has ancestors that hailed from Nigeria.
“Like many other Sierra Leoneans, my ancestors originally hailed from Nigeria,” she explained.
Leader of the House, the APC’s Honourable Ibrahim Bundu said he was impressed with Hon. Afsatu Kabba’s responses and went on to say he was however not surprised knowing how formidable a woman she is from the days she was an elected parliamentarian.
Before she was finally released, Opposition SLPP’s Hon. Sidie Tunis of Pujehun eulogized her as an astute and hard working woman, whom he had the opportunity of working with in Parliament. He recalled how Hon. Haja Hafsatu Kabba as a former Member of Parliament, used to be a fierce, intelligent debater. He further thanked her for being the Energy Cabinet Minister who was to provide electricity to Freetown within just the first 100 days after President Koroma took office in 2007.
Hon. Tunis said he has no doubt in her pedigree and ability to succeed in her new appointment as a Diplomat.
The Opposition SLPP Strongman furthered that “I admire you for being hard working and for your bravery, your professionalism, humility and dedication to duty & service”.
The SLPP MP’s views were variously re-echoed in support of Haja Kabba by elected MPs of ruling APC party.
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