H.E Bio admonished the market women to invest in their children, as they are their greatest asset, who will benefit their families and the nation. He said his government is committed in ensuring the free quality education is of benefit to every child irrespective of tribe, region or political affiliation.
According to President Bio, women are bread winners in most homes, hence should be should be capacitated; His Excellency made it clear, his obligation is to every Sierra Leonean.
His Excellency encouraged the market women to embrace peace and unity and pay keen attention to his delivery on the promises he made during election.
Most politicians make empty promises, but his government is committed to making Sierra Leone a safe haven before the end of his term in office.
Speaking on behalf of the market women, First Lady, Madam Fatima Bio thanked President Julius Maada Bio for making the issues of Market women and their launching and fundraising ceremony his top most priority.
Madam Fatima Maada Bio disclosed the free medical facility for school children, which the market women have not been utilizing, while taking them through the processes involved in accessing the facility provided by the government through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
First Lady laid emphasis on the life insurance policy plan that Africell has introduced and its importance, stating Africell’s has paid out over 1 million dollar of the policy holders. She promised a whole new system of Micro credit, that’ll be organised by the Secretariat.
She underscored the importance of the having a hygienic and user friendly market place which she promised to work with them on through NAMSEC. Madam First Lady concluded by encouraging other market women to register their markets with the National Market Women secretariat (NAMSEC).
The Women Leader of NAMSEC, Ms. Kadie Winner, stated some of the challenges they faced, but were ready to do what it takes to solve these problems together.
Other Highlights of the event include, the fundraising session that was championed by the chief minister, Professor David Francis and chief of staff at the office of the first lady Shek Salim Fieka.