By Bampia Bundu
The immediate past Chairman and Special Adviser to the current Chairman of All Works of Life (AWOL), Hon Chernor Ramadan Maju Bah, has assured the children of Makeni and its environs of their continued intervention in supporting them in the field of education and other areas.
He made this statement during their Annual Feeding and Awards Programme for school children in commemorating the Day of the African Child June 16th, in Makeni City Council Hall.
In his opening address the Secretary General of AWOL, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (aka De Monk), maintained that this year is the first year for AWOL to celebrate their annual feeding programme across the country targeting about 5000 school going children, due to the passion of Chairman Amb. Anthony Navo Jnr. He said it is the desire of Chairman Navo to increase AWOL’s educational support package to school children in the form of sponsorships and the scope of the June 16 programme.
Nasralla explained that the ceremony is not just about processing, feeding and donating school items to the pupils but also to raise awareness about the significance of June 16, the purpose of the celebration and why the children should take their education seriously. He called on the children to study hard and respect their teachers; and to stay away from bad company and from harmful drugs.
PC Kasanga II of Bombali Shebora Chiefdom expressed his happiness for the initiative of AWOL in his chiefdom as they have heard about the activities of the organization for a long time and they are extremely overwhelmed to receive them in their chiefdom. He assured the organization of their continued support in ensuring that the activities of AWOL are well received across the Chiefdom.
Presenting the school items to the children, Hon Chernor R. M. Bah explained that their organization is non-political with its membership drawn from all works of life, adding that they have been in operation for more than 10 years supporting the development strides made by the government and would continue to do their best. He encouraged the children to respect their parents, teachers and elders in the community as that would give them the courage and chance to go through their educational strides successfully. He maintained that they have been doing a lot in partnership with the government in developing the country and it’s the responsibility of the people to take advantage of the development activities undertaken by AWOL in their various localities.
Similar programmes were also held in other towns and villages by AWOL.