By Prince C. Kamara
Muslims residing at Sugar Land Drive, Goderich, West of Freetown were on Tuesday 19th May, 2020 beneficiaries of Iftar provided by the Deputy Finance Minister I, Patricia Laverley.
The short but impressive ceremony was held at the Sugar Land Drive residence of the Deputy Finance Minister I and attracted a number of Muslims residing in the area.
According to the Deputy Finance Minister I, Patricia Laverley, before she became minister, she had lived for long in a Muslim community. She added that she decided to donate to Muslims in her own small way to contribute to the feeding needs of Muslims in her community that are engaged in fasting during this Holy Month of Ramadan.
She informed the beneficiaries that she is mindful of the fact that it was due partly to the huge turnout of voters in her community that resulted to the SLPP and President Julius Maada Bio winning the 2018 election. She commended the beneficiaries for this, adding that she is quite confident that they would continue to support the SLPP.
She maintained that solidarity with Muslims during the Holy Month of Ramadan is an obligation which every well-meaning Sierra Leonean irrespective of religious background must uphold and respect, adding that without unity and tolerance among the various groups in the country, there would be no progress.
Before donating the items to the beneficiaries, she reminded them that they must be very alert about the Coronavirus precautions introduced by the government. She used the opportunity to prevail on all Sierra Leoneans to always wear facemask, observe the basic hygiene rule of washing hands regularly with soap and water among other regulations in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and eventually eradicate the virus.
Various beneficiaries including the Chairlady of Sugar Land, Marie Saccoh, Pa Alpha Sesay and a few others thanked the Deputy Finance Minister I for her kind gesture, promising that they would always support her developmental drives, adding that they appreciate her paving Sugar Land Drive and for ensuring sustained water supply in the community.