Students in the Law Department, Fourah Bay College (FBC) University of Sierra Leone have unanimously supported the Dual Citizenship Act.
The endorsement to the Omnibus Bill by Group nine Students at the Law Department, FBC in a debate, they presented their topic by supporting the inclusion of Sierra Leoneans living in the diaspora to vote and to be voted for as Members of Parliament, with exception to the positions of President, Vice President, IG, etc.
These are the same rights and laws Hon. KKY is seeking for in his Omnibus Bill he presented to Parliament months ago. These students elaborated on the Legal provision as enshrined in the 1973 Citizen’s Act, the 2006 Citizen’s Amendment Act section 75 & 76(1), and the provision in section 171 Sub Section 15.
Speaking at the occasion, the NGC Western Regional Chairman, Arthur E. Pearce, commended the students for taking such bold and patriotic step to support the inclusion of our brothers and Sisters living in the diaspora to actively participate in our country’s politics.
He underscored the role members in the diaspora are playing to our nation’s growth, how their contributions back home are helping to stabilize our economy. He went further by saying that, because of this law that denied diaspora voting right, has made us lost professionals in different fields to other nations. Also the huge investment by diaspora companies to the private sector in the country. He said, if this bill that will give voting rights to diaspora is enacted, the country will be able to tap into the huge resources in the diaspora.
The presentation by the FBC Law Society Students, which was fully attended, gathered and sparked momentum in the E.J Hall FBC as the audience nod to the affirmative.