May 8, 2008, 6:30 AM
Deputy Ambassador of Sierra Leone to The Islamic Republic of The Gambia has
received a Certificate of Award from All Works of Life (AWOL), a Sierra Leonean
community organization in The Gambia, for her “well served term of office in
Her Excellency Haja Saidata Sesay, who has served as Deputy Ambassador of Sierra Leone to The Gambia for more than five years, is set to leave The Gambia.
The Award was presented to Her Excellency on Thursday 28 July at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Bijilo by Gibril M. Kanu, chairman of AWOL, together with his vice chair Yusuf Saccoh and another AWOL member Harold Mahib
AWOL is “the biggest and oldest” organization in the Sierra Leonean community in The Gambia. Among its activities is the traditional ‘Paddle hunting’ parade its coordinates annually to celebrate the Independence of Sierra Leone in The Gambia.
In presenting the certificate of award, Mr Kanu said the deputy ambassador played vital role in serving the Sierra Leonean community in The Gambia as well as in making sure a cordial relationship is maintained between Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
“On behalf of the Sierra Leonean community and AWOL, we are presenting this award of appreciation to you in recognition of your invaluable service and contribution to the lives of Sierra Leoneans in The Gambia. This is to show that we have you at heart,” he said.
Since her term of office in The Gambia, the deputy ambassador has been giving sound counseling to AWOL and supporting its activities, as well as to the Sierra Leonean community in The Gambia, he said.
“You have done a lot for Sierra Leoneans as well as working closely with Ambassador Soulay Daramy and all the staff of the Embassy to serve the Sierra Leonean community in The Gambia,” he added.
He also commended the Head of Chancery and Minister Counsellor of the Embassy, Mr Andrew S.A. Kamara, Embassy Consular Officer Mr Sheku Kamara and other staff of the embassy for their invaluable support both morally and financially over the years, to AWOL and the community.
He applauded other people who have been of immense support to AWOL over the years, such as former Ambassador Foday Yumkella, former Ambassador Alhaji Mohamed Kemo Fadika and Captain Adolphus S. Sawyer.
In receiving the award, Deputy Ambassador Haja Saidata Sesay said: “We appreciate you more; your presence and work in the community make our work in The Gambia easy. You made the roadmap for us to be able to discharge our responsibilities well.”
She advised members of AWOL and Sierra Leoneans in The Gambia to continue to be law-abiding, saying the Gambia government has high regard for the Sierra Leonean community hence they should continue to behave well and respect authority.
“We will continue to advise and guide you to continue the good work and behaviour in the land of The Gambia,” she said.
“As long as we continue to do the right thing we will continue to enjoy our stay in The Gambia, as the Government of The Gambia loves law-abiding people.”
She added: “I thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I will always be of service to you all. I will be away but I am so close to you all; therefore whatever I am able to do for you, I will be more than willing to assist the Sierra Leonean community in The Gambia.”
In his brief remarks, Head of Chancery and Minister Counsellor Andrew S.A. Kamara, said: “We appreciate the role AWOL is playing. The award is significant and it is good that it is coming from AWOL. We appreciate you all; continue the good work.”
He said the embassy will continue to serve and support AWOL and the Sierra Leonean community in their activities.
In his closing remarks, AWOL’s vice Chairman Mr Yusuf Saccoh said: “We feel very proud that the embassy associates itself with us.”
While praying for the safe return to Sierra Leone of H.E. Haja Saidata Sesay, Mr Saccoh said: “You were not only here as Deputy Ambassador but as a mother.”
Recipients of AWOL’s awards include H.E. Ambassador Soulay Daramy (presented by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Gibril Sesay), Head of Chancery and Minister Counsellor Andrew S.A. Kamara, Embassy Consular Officer Mr Sheku Kamara, businessman Chief Hamid Barrie, and Captain Adolphus S. Sawyer.