Tumultuous welcome for President Koroma as he starts a 3-days State visit
Friday, April 11, 2008
Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, yesterday received a tumultuous welcome at the Banjul International Airport on arrival for a three days maiden state visit.
President Koroma was received at the foot of the aicraft by his Gambian counterpart, President Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, flanked by his cabinet, the Speaker of the National Assembly, members of the diplomatic community, the Sierra Leonean community in The Gambia and other distinguish personalities. President Koroma and a high powered delegation were also welcomed with the National Anthems of the two sister Republics-The Gambia and Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leonean Head of State was later led by his host to a presentation of Gambian personalities.
Shortly after the presentation, President Koroma joined his Gambian counterpart in a secured and confortable convoy from the Banjul International Airport grounds to his 5-star Ocean Bay Hotel in Cape Point, Bakau.
On their way to the hotel, the two Heads of State who joined The Gambia's Number One Vehicle, received more applauses from communities within the Greater Banjul Area as the Presidential Convoy passed through Lamin-Abuko-Tallinding-Westfield-Kairaba Avenue and then took a T-Square turn in front of the Daily Observer Newspaper offices in Bakau to the Ocean Bay Hotel.
As part of his three days state visit, President Koroma will today visit the Kafuta Agricultural Project in Kafuta and depart for Bwiam to visit the Sulayman Junkung Hospital.
From there, Presient Koroma will proceed to Kanilai, home village of President Jammeh to visit the Kanilai Science and Technology Academy. In Kanilai, he will also visit the Fish Pond, the Noni Garden, the Animal Park and the Seed Processing Facility before departing for his Ocean Bay Hotel base for a night break.
On Saturday, April 12, President Koroma's day will begin with a visit to Brikama Power Plant and later to Gunjur Fisheries Project. He will then proceed to the AU Villas at Brufut, later to Kololi were he will visit the West African Insurance Institute (WAII), before being hosted to a private lunch. President Koroma will then attend a general meeting with the Sierra Leonean Community at the Independence Stadium reception hall, to be followed by a State Banquet at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.
On Sunday, the Sierra Leonean Head of State will attend a Church Service at the Trinity Church in Serrekunda to be followed by a visit to the Sierra Leonean High Commission Chancery Building.This will be followed by a visit to The Gambia Ports Authority in the afternoon. He will then be hosted to a Tete-a-tete at State House where the two Heads of State will sign a Joint Communique and draft agreement on bilateral cooperation.
President Koroma will then be hosted to a private lunch before been seen off at the Banjul International Airport for Freetown at 17:00hrs by his Gambian counterpart, President Yahya Jammeh and dignitaries.
Author: by Alhagie Jobe