Sierra Leone President praises Pakistan army role
Freetown (Sierra Leone) October 04 : President Republic of Sierra Leone Alhaji Dr Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has inaugurated Major Impact Project (MIP) at Wilberforce Barracks, west of Freetown.
The President was highly appreciative of the quality of work undertaken by the troops of Pakistan Army Engineers and their country wide support, ISPR said.
Lauding the role of Pakistani peacekeepers, the President paid glowing tributes to Pakistani contingents for their marvelous contribution towards peace building and humanitarian assistance, thereby setting lofty standards for others to emulate.
He further said that Pakistani troops had generously contributed in all spheres while going beyond the call of duty. He said the living conditions of RSLAF troops and their families were deplorable which were affecting their morale.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The renovation work has provided an opportunity to 8000 residents of the area to live in comfortable and dignified environmentĂ˘â‚¬Âť, the President added. While appreciating all such projects undertaken by the Pak Engineers and funded by UNAMSIL and UNDP, he reiterated that such projects will create lasting impact towards improving the capabilities of the security agencies of Sierra Leone to fulfill their constitutional obligations.
Praising Force Commander UNAMSIL Maj Gen Sajjad Akram, the President said he has always given us unflinching support whenever and wherever we desired.
He lauded his personal contributions for restoring peace and stability besides ensuring completion of number of development projects throughout the country. He said although General Sajjad Akram will bid us adieu very soon but we will not use these words as people and Government of Sierra Leone would always hold him in their grateful memory.
Major General Sajjad Akram in his address remarked that improvement in the living conditions of troops would definitely leave a positive and lasting impact which would ultimately increase the operational and functional efficiency of the RSLAF.
He also dilated upon other MIPs that are currently in progress at Murray Town and the proposed work in Benguama, Juba and Kenema. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“This initiative has been very successful and hopefully will be adopted throughout the world in other missions,Ă˘â‚¬Âť he remarked. The Force Commander highly praised the masonry and craftsmanship of troops while highlighting the salient features of the project.
The Force Commander also handed over computers, sewing machines, sports gears and medicines worth $ 15000/- to the President of Republic of Sierra Leone which were donated by the Pak-Contingent for the welfare of RSLAF troops and their families.
Mr. Victor Angelo DSRSG UNAMSIL in his address viewed that the project which entailed enthusiastic involvement of the RSLAF personnel, UNAMSIL and UNDP, is a model of a successful partnership. While paying glowing tributes to the Force Commander for his leading and dynamic role in early completion of the project, he remarked that General Sajjad Akram is about to complete his tour of duty and his presence at todayĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s inauguration ceremony is the best farewell honour we could accord him. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“This is his final touch as a man of excellence,Ă˘â‚¬Âť he added.