Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh as Chairman of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) on Friday 27th May, 2022 joined the Agency and several government Ministers to bring essential relief items to the people of Gbense and Gbane Chiefdoms in the Kono District. It could be recalled that heavy storm on Saturday 7th May, 2022 destroyed over 35 houses including the central mosque in Ngandorhun, the chiefdom headquarters of Gbane.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, who said he pursued his early education in Koidu, Gbense Chiefdom and district headquarters, explained the difficulties entailed in putting up a structure that takes several years with many assistance.The relief items the VP donated to the victims on behalf of the Agency included food items, soap, blankets and building materials respectively.
VP Jalloh, who conveyed a significant message of solidarity with the people of Gbense Chiefdom from His Excellency President Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio, reported how indigenes from the chiefdom living in the Diaspora contributed US$4,000 towards the relief. He also spoke of how the ruling SLPP included the idea of a National Disaster Management Agency into the party’s 2018 Election Manifesto and how since its establishment it has brought relief to over 25,000 households and numerous businesses and institutions hit by disasters.
VP Juldeh Jalloh averred that the rationale behind establishing the Agency is to touch the lives of people in need of help to recover from the shock of disaster, and to show how Government comes to the aid of its citizenry affected by disaster(s). He promised that government will finance the agency adequately to continue doing its work.