State House Tuesday engaged Resident Ministers of all four regions in the province to hand them vehicles to ease their work in the ongoing coronavirus fight. The ministers themselves are serving as regional battalion commanders, coordinating frontline fighters against the deadly COVID-19. Each of the Regional Coordinators received a brand new Toyota Hilux jeep for enhanced mobility in their respective command areas.
Chief Minister Prof. David Francis who chaired the engagement told the ministers the essence of calling on them was to manifest President Bio’s acknowledgement of their efforts and plans so far afoot to strengthen the fight by capacitating them and other actors in the fight.
Also present at the short ceremony was the Interim National Coordinator, Brigadier (Rtd) Kellie Hassan Conteh and in few words to the regional coordinators, admonished them to be resilient. He said he was impressed that they had always responded promptly, and brought other inputs in the fight.
“Your involvement as regional coordinators was a wise decision by the president. I think we would not have done much without your involvement as figureheads in your localities.”
The National Coordinator announced that to enhance work, the government has disbursed funds to all the district operation centres.
In a brief statement, President Bio thanked the regional coordinators for taking local ownership of the fight, a dividend yielded for decentralising the fight against the virus, he said.
He encouraged them to continue the good work; saying the vehicles handed to them were in recognition of their remarkable outreach work. “I know the vehicles will further enable you to coordinate more effectively,” he encouraged.
On behalf of colleagues, Resident Minister South, Mohamed Allie thanked the president and team for the kind compliments and for thinking of giving them new vehicles to ease their work.
He assured of their commitment to providing the required leadership at the regional level, and to work with the government to get rid of COVID19 from the country.