Madam Amina Abdallah in welcoming VP. Foh to Kenya, stated that her Government looks forward to onward collaboration between the two sister countries of Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Hon. Amina Abdallah thanked the Vice President for joining them in co-hosting this High Level Meeting on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development in Africa. She expressed hope that the two days Conference will demonstrate the Political Will of the two Governments in enhancing sustainable development through data collection.
Madam Amina expressed optimism that other African countries will take from this lead and together Africa will be transformed.
In his response, Vice President Foh stated that the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma places tremendous value on data development for Africa, which is considered a very important step to Africa's growth. He alluded that there's so much Africa could gain from data enhancement.
VP. Foh asserted Sierra Leone's readiness to the forward match of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. He appealed to other African Sates to treat it with the seriousness it deserves.
VP. Foh prayed that as Kenya goes to the polls in exactly 40 days, they will reap the good side of the democratic coin and that the spirit of Africa will be strengthened.
In a similar engagement, Vice President Foh received in audience, the Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data; Madam Claire Melamed.
VP. Foh reiterated Sierra Leone's willingness to work with her Organisation. He informed her, that the Sierra Leone delegation is in Kenya to give good meaning to this High Level Meeting which opens on Thursday 29th June this year.
Unacceptable 100% 'University Fee' Increment
The Fontricia Children's Foundation is appalled over the exponential and unexplainable increment in the cost of entrance form of the University of Sierra Leone.
The entrance form has witnessed an alarming increment from Le250,000 in 2016 to Le500,000 is 2017.
The rationale for the 100 percent increment in just a year remain a mystery.
"This will definitely affect poor and suffering parents and students who have already endured enough frustration and extortion from the West African Examination Council (WAEC)," Executive Director of the the Fontricia Children's Foundation disclosed.
Abdul Fonti believes this action by the University of Sierra Leone only supports a violation of the right to education of poor students who have struggled to secure pass grades in a rotten education system.
"Such human rights violation should not be tolerated as it serves as a serious burden that could prevent qualified students admission into the university, " Fonti pointed out, while describing the decision as brutally wicked.
The Fontricia Children's Foundation therefore calls on the Government of Sierra Leone to intervene and ensure a speedy reverse of this decision and at least revert to the previous Le250,000.
We further urge the administration of the University of Sierra Leone to respect the rights of poor students aspiring to educate themselves amid rising poverty.