Ombudsman Presents 2017 Annual Report To President Maada Bio

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The Ombudsman Mr. Melron Nicol-Wilson on Thursday 9th August 2018 presented the 2017 Annual Report on the activities of the Office of the Ombudsman to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House.

Presenting the report, Mr. Melron Nicol-Wilson first congratulated President Bio on his election as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, and thanked him for granting him audience. The Ombudsman informed the President that the presentation of the report was in compliance with provisions in the Ombudsman Act 1997 which require him to submit an annual report to the President on the activities of his Office.

Receiving the report, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio stated that the Ombudsman is very crucial in promoting good governance and holding public officials to account. The President said his government is committed to enhancing public accountability and therefore would give his fullest support to the work of the Ombudsman.

The report gives an account of the stewardship of Mr. Melron Nicol-Wilson in his first year as Ombudsman of the Republic of Sierra Leone. It highlights the number and nature of complaints the Office of the Ombudsman received and resolved, and the outreach activities undertaken in 2017 as well as the audited financial statement of the Office for the 2016 financial year.

The Ombudsman was accompanied by the following members of his staff to present the report: Dr Sheku Conteh – Executive Secretary, Mr. Alhaji Mansaray – Head of Investigations and Mediation, Mr. Abdulai Senesie – Principal Investigator, Ms. Mamie Fomba – Investigation Officer and Ms. Kadijatu Jalloh – Mediation Officer.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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