By Sorie Fofana………………………….
During the Tejan Kabbah era, a senior opposition Member of Parliament was charged to court, for making a false declaration in the acquisition of a Service Passport for his girlfriend.
The opposition MP did not make a full and frank disclosure about the identity of the applicant on whose behalf he acquired the Service Passport.
The APC leadership then, prevailed on President Kabbah to drop the matter against the MP, who is a serving Cabinet Minister in the current APC led administration.
Yesterday, in the “Awareness Times Newspaper” publication, Sylvia Blyden, the current Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs claimed that, she followed “the correct procedure” in the acquisition of a Service Passport for her private employee to be able to include him on a government delegation that has already arrived in Geneva.
Did Sylvia Blyden inform the Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that, Abdul Malik Bangura is her private employee?
Is Abdul Malik Bangura a fit and proper person to serve as a chaperone to a 15-year-old boy accompanying the Cabinet Minister responsible for the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs?
We have discovered that, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair has well over forty qualified and pin coded Social Workers at the lower level and over fifteen qualified Child Protection Officers across the country, who could have better served as chaperon to the 15-year-old boy that has now become Sylvia Blyden’s flag boy.
What qualifies Abdul Malik Bangura to be issued with a Service Passport when he does not fall under the category of people qualified to be issued with such Passports?
Is it true that, anybody travelling with a Cabinet Minister on an official government delegation must be issued with a Service Passport?
We still insist that, Sylvia Blyden did not make a full and frank disclosure to both the UN and the Director General of Foreign Affairs about the true identity of Abdul Malik Bangura (the editor of her registered newspaper “Awareness Times”).
We call on both the ACC and the Immigration Department to thoroughly investigate this scandal in order to get to the bottom of it. Sylvia Blyden should practice what she preaches. She dragged Momo Bockarie Foh and others to the ACC claiming that, they had conspired to commit a fraudulent act. And the ACC acted swiftly by arresting Mr. Foh and another employee at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.
We end today’s short comment by restating that, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Period!