American Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Sierra Leone previously have returned to continue contributing to national Development as members of the Non- Government Organization, “Friends of Sierra Leone”. At State House in Freetown, President of the Organization, Peggy Murrah told President Ernest Bai Koroma that “Since we left for home, we have singularly and collectively been thinking of Sierra Leone and now some of us are here with our parents” She informed.
According to Ms. Murrah they were in the country to reconnect and see for themselves how much the country has progressed and improved since 2004. “From what we have seen for ourselves, we are over- whelmed and to see gradual progress in many areas of national development. Thank you Mr. President, you truly love your country” She said
Responding, President Koroma referred to the American Peace Corps as not only Friends of Sierra Leone but Ambassadors capable of changing the perception of people out there. He added urged them to identify their areas of interest by what they have seen and found out for themselves. “You have all contributed to the development of this country, through your teachings and related activities, adding that he personally benefitted from the Peace Corps in his primary and secondary school education”.
The nation, President Koroma said has been through very difficult times, but now moving on gradually and steadily, but with the urgent need to put our country on a proper footing consistent with the Agenda for Change Programme which prioritizes Agriculture and Food Security, Energy and Water supply, Free Health Care and Urban and Rural Roads Infrastructure. He disclosed that “This nation has a huge potential and opportunities for investment and the Private Sector should be given the opportunity to take the lead in the development process”
President Koroma described Sierra Leone as a leading Democracy eager for lasting Peace, where there are no political prisoners and Freedom of the Press guaranteed, calling upon the American Peace Corps to be active partners in Sierra Leone’s Development.
As a sign of appreciation President Koroma was presented with a gold coin, bearing the American Presidential Seal and the White House on either side.