The Sierra Leone Ex-servicemen Association Overseas (SLESAO) has on Friday 9th April 2021 at Hockey Pitch, Wilberforce in Freetown donated food items to ex-servicemen in Sierra Leone.
Giving a background of SLESAO, the guest of honour who doubles as the Deputy Minister of Defence, Col (Rtd) Muana Massaquoi described SLESAO as a subsidiary of the Sierra Leone Ex-servicemen Association (SLESA) in the country. “As a way of promoting the welfare of ex-servicemen in the country, Sierra Leone’s retired military personnel in the diaspora came together and established SLESAO. The association is a non-profit and non-political organization in the diaspora with its headquarters in the United States. The organization was formed principally to recognize and appreciate their retired colleagues for their sacrifice and contribution to Sierra Leone,” he explained.
The Deputy Minister of Defence added that as a retired officer himself he understands and recognizes the challenges of retired personnel in taking care of themselves and their families. “The Ministry and by extension government is putting plans and strategies in place to effectively address such challenges,” he assured.
He confirmed that the chairman of SLESAO, Squadron Leader (Rtd) SC Kailey has promised the organization’s continued commitment to collaborate with the leadership of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) to map out effective strategies for addressing the concerns of retired personnel. “I want to assure you that the Ministry of Defence will throw its full support behind such initiative,” he reassured.
Making a statement, former Minister of Defence, Ambassador Joe Blell lauded SLESAO for what he described as a “kind gesture.” He expressed delight and appreciation, and encouraged the donor to continue remembering their colleagues in Sierra Leone with similar philanthropic gestures.
The chairman of the event, Captain (Rtd) Musa Jalloh praised the SLESAO chairman, Squadron Leader (Rtd) SC Kailey and colleagues for mobilizing resources lending to the donation of food items to their brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone.
Captain (Rtd) Musa Jalloh affirmed that the donation was just a beginning of many intending goodies that await ex-servicemen in the country.
The donation ceremony was climaxed by the presentation of a 50kg bag of rice, a gallon of cooking oil, onions, tomato and a sum of Two Hundred Thousand Leones (Le 200,000) each to all ex-servicemen present.
Receiving the items, ex-servicemen expressed their profound thanks and appreciation to SLESAO, SLESA, Ministry of Defence and the Government of Sierra Leone for facilitating what they referred to as “a great assistance.”