The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs, Dr. Sylvia Blyden has confirmed the inclusion of the editor of her privately owned newspaper (Awareness Times) on a nine-man government delegation to the 73rd Session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to be held in Switzerland, Geneva this week.
The editor of Awareness Times Newspaper, Abdul Malik Bangura has been secretly given a Service Passport, to enable him secure an entry visa to Switzerland, to attend the conference.
According to Dr. Blyden, Mr. Bangura “Kindly consented to act as the chaperone for the teenage (15-year-old Hassein Muckson Sesay) who is currently the Secretary General of the Children’s Forum Network” in order to enable him to be included on the government delegation that reportedly left for Geneva on Sunday.
The questions many people are asking are! Is there no Social Worker employed by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs to perform such a function? Why does the Minister have to accord an official status to her private employee (Abdul Malik Bangura) to enable him travel on a government delegation to Geneva?
According to Sylvia Blyden, Mr. Malik Bangura’s trip to Geneva will be “fully founded by the United Nations”. Is the UN aware that, Mr. Abdul Malik Bangura is a private employee of Sylvia Blyden? Did Sylvia Blyden inform the UN that, Mr. Abdul Malik Bangura is an employee of her privately owned newspaper Awareness Times?
How come a Service Passport was given to someone who does not even work for the Government of Sierra Leone?
The Chief Immigration Officer should come out and explain to the nation how Mr. Abdul Malik Bangura was able to secure a Service Passport when he is not an employee of the Government of Sierra Leone.