The Independent (Freetown (Freetown)

27 July 2006

Sierra Leone: Ben Dolsi Malo Lauds Girl Child Education in Sierra Leone

Former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) presenter, Ben Dolsi Marlo, a Ghanaian by Nationality now in his mid 40's, who is now with the United Nations in New York, has said that the Sierra Leone Government has signalled to other nations to give girls priority in the educational sector.

He made the commendation on the Sierra Leone Government on July 20 at the Mammy Yoko Hotel en route to Ghana.

He said he was greatly impressed with Sierra Leone during his visit while in the delegation of the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on his visit to the coastal West African country. Ben Dolsi Malo speaking exclusively to this reporter on July 3, said there had been much improvement in post- war Sierra Leone.

On good governance, , corruption and development, he said , "The government need have their honour in thick blanket and not lay it to be trampled in the dust" About his background, He said he hailed from a poor home where he could remember he used to fetch cassava for feeding and commercial purpose for his family.

On corruption in Sierra Leone Ben Dolsi Marlo said, "Corruption is literal and technical' .

'One has to be mindful, lawful, careful and cautious in using it', he said.

Comparing BBC to the UN Radio where he now works, he said both are sophisticated but the United Nations Radio is more sophisticated.

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