State House, Freetown, Tuesday 26 June 2018 – The Irish Africa Director of Development in the Africa Division, Fionnuala Gilsenan, has today paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
Gilsenan thanked President Bio for the audience and said it was a good time to visit Sierra Leone when the new government was settling down, adding that her visit was to help strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Irish envoy also stated that her government was examining priority programmes of the New Direction to see where they could help.
“Ireland and Sierra Leone have always had good bilateral ties. My visit here is to help strengthen those ties between the two countries. Our government will look into the priority programmes of your new administration to see areas of possible assistance,” she assured.
President Bio expressed appreciation to the government and people of Ireland for their support to Sierra Leone over the years. He said that Ireland had been supportive, adding that among other things his administration would prioritise education on the government’s agenda.
“As a new government, we are ready to welcome everyone who wants to help in actualising our policies. I have promised to provide free education to the people of Sierra Leone because I think it will provide the bedrock for development. In September this year, we will start the free education because we want to help the less privileged in society to become useful citizens,” he said.
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