It could be recalled that the August 14 twin disaster at Regent, Juba, Kroo Bay, Culvert, Kaningo, Dwazack and some parts of the country left over three hundred people dead and several more missing and injured.
The sad happening resulted to the emergence of orphans who lost their parents to the disaster, now housed at Don Bosco and other child rescue centres within the city.
The comedians believed that without money, they can use their talent to help the orphans forget the bitter pasts and get a brighter and happier life. Therefore, the comic performance was geared towards relieving the children psychologically.
Speaking to AYV news at the end of the event, Amidu Sesay aka Jabez – President of the Sierra Leone Association of Comedians said the comic performance was to help relieve the kids from trauma and make them feel at home.
Thanking the comedians, Fr. Jorge Crisafulli – Director of Don Bosco Fambul revealed that the children have been showing signs of trauma especially when it rains. He said some of the children usually cry when it rains and refuse to sleep thinking that another disaster is about happen.
He expressed hope that the comic performance will help relieve the kids from the sad memories, while calling on the general public not to forget the poor children.
MPs Approve 2 Presidential Nominees
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 5th October, 2017 debated and ratified the Tenth Report of its Committee on Appointments and the Public Service by approving Bankole Mansaray as Managing Director, Guma Valley Water Company and John Bosco Kuyateh, Chairman Local Government Service Commission.
After the approval, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Parliament, Ambassador Sheku B. B. Dumbuya addressed Bankole Mansaray as a ruthlessly efficient worker with tremendous respect for Parliament, whilst saying that John Bosco Kuyateh has won the admiration and respect of others over the years.
Seconding the motion, Hon. Komba E. Kodoeyoma called on the nominees to live up to the promises they had made to Parliament through the provision of regular supply of water to the House, and to discourage the habit of frequently transferring officials from one local Council to another.
Hon. Sualiho M. Koroma, Chairman, Committee on Water Resources, described Mr. Mansaray as a performer with the requisite skills to move Guma forward. He also called on the GoSL to support Guma to overhaul her infrastructure aimed at regular supply of water to residents in Freetown.
However, he decried MDAs for impeding the work of Guma by owing it to the sum of Le 20 Billion in unpaid utility bills.
Hon. Abu Bakarr Koroma, Chairman of the Local Government Committee said that most of the Finance Officers and Accountants serving in the local Councils are not qualified and advised Mr. Kuyateh to work closely with the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
Hon. Rosaline J. K. Smith described Mr. Mansaray as respectful and responsive to the needs of Members of Parliament for their constituents. She also called on MDAs to pay their bills owed to Guma, spoke on the need for regular water supply to Parliament, and to address the issue of water leakages in Freetown.
Concluding, the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Ansumana J. Kaikai urged the House to approve these fine gentlemen to serve in various capacities, cognizant of parliamentary oversight.