Receiving the National Leadership Award for “Outstanding Public Leadership 2019” by the African Consulting Group (SL) Limited on Saturday 6th July, 2019 at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Aberdeen, Freetown, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Lahai Lawrence Leema, expressed gratitude to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for appointing him to serve in his New Direction Government as a youth. Minister Leema described his appointment as an opportunity to learn leadership skills from President Bio, and an effort by President Bio to prepare youth including him (Leema) towards contributing to national service. He therefore thanked and appreciated President Bio for having confidence in him to have appointed him (Leema) to such leadership grooming position to help oversee the internal security sectors in Sierra Leone.
The Deputy Internal Affairs Minister assured the public of living up to the expectation of President Bio and the people of Sierra Leone, by ensuring that he help to oversee the security agencies under the Internal Affairs Ministry in a responsible manner for the peace and security of the people of Sierra Leone. He reassured Sierra Leoneans that his Ministry is working assiduously to ensure that the security of Sierra Leoneans and other nationals resident in Sierra Leone is guaranteed especially the movement of people at night.
The aim of the National Leadership was to raise the profile of dedicated and committed individuals and organizations, and highlight their contributions towards developing a fairer, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous future for all Sierra Leoneans. The work of the award is anchored on the belief that the organization recognizes the tremendous and essential roles of individuals and organizations in leadership and empowerment in society towards moving the country forward.
The goal of the award initiative was to recognize and encourage individuals to use their abilities to contribute to national development, peaceful co-existence, best practices and outstanding achievements.