Sierra Leone High Commissioner in Accra, Ghana, who doubles as the Non Resident Ambassador in Burkina Faso and Togo, H.E. Francess Virginia Anderson has urged Sierra Leoneans back home to adhere to the preventive measures projected by President Bio, and health professionals in relation to the struggle against COVID-19.
She said when the year 2020 began, and being the beginning of not only a new year but, a new decade, there were great hopes and aspirations that it is going to be a year of good will and fortune.
“I was with high hopes that my Sierra Leone Mission here will learn a lot from this Country with her potentials, and work hard to attract Foreign and African investments that will propel H. E. Dr. Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction agenda”, Anderson said.
“However, as the adage goes – man proposes, God disposes- I became a bit disappointed when we all woke up to the terrible news of the invasion of COVID-19 which has brought the whole world to a standstill”, adding that the effect of COVID19 will have to hard hit the economy of developed, and developing countries.
Her Excellency Anderson said she was with the firm conviction that this pandemic will pass over easily, but when Ghana and neighbouring Guinea and Liberia started recording cases at a faster rate, the reality started dawning on her.
“This prompted a proactive measure from Heads of States in the sub region to institute stringent measures that will help curtail the spread of the virus”
Madam Anderson said that she is of the strong opinion that the leadership provided by President Bio will help surmount the pandemic.
“I am very sad that Sierra Leone has cases of COVID19, but it is very pertinent that people should follow all precautionary measures set by the President, and health professionals. We should all unite as one people and concentrate on the bigger picture”.
Her Excellency Anderson reiterated on the importance of rallying behind the leaders so that the pandemic will not cripple the nation. Ambassador Anderson urged all representatives of President Bio in foreign Missions to continue honouring their oath so as to be able to lift the New Direction government as a government to trust, and to rely on.
Ambassador Anderson remains optimistic that if Sierra Leoneans follow the advice given by the President, and health professionals and the authorities involved in the fight, Sierra Leone and other African countries will definitely beat down COVID-19.
“With Sierra Leone being a resilient nation, we should not only obey the laws, but to stop the denial, and do the needful so that we will break the transmission as COVID-19 is no respecter of persons, race, sex, profession, tribe, political party or age. Let us adhere to all hygiene procedures and Protocols”, Anderson concluded.
Commenting on plans after COVID 19, Madam Anderson said that she is positively looking forward to hosting her Mission’s investment seminar in Burkina Faso- as the original date set before COVID-19 was 26th March 2020. “Sierra Leone Ambassadors currently serving in ECOWAS countries will plan the investment meetings among others, with the main focus of getting more credible investments, as economic diplomacy has taken over traditional diplomacy under the New Direction government”, Madam Anderson said.