15 August 2012

Sierra Leone: 'I Will Develop Constituency 108'

A female aspirant vying for the All People's Congress (APC) symbol to represent Constituency 108 in the Western Urban has said in an exclusive interview with Concord Times that she will bring more development to the constituency if awarded the symbol, hoping to win the seat for the APC in the November 17 polls.

Mrs. Janet Savage said one of the developmental activities she will be engaging on is the relocation of the waste disposal site at Kingtom commonly referred to as 'Bomeh' to another area to save the Kingtom community from health hazards.

Madam Savage, who was speaking to Concord Times at her Byrne Street residence, Kingtom over the weekend, gave a brief background of herself. She was the former Western Region Chairlady of the main opposition SLPP but left the party to rejoin the ruling APC, which she claimed is her original party. She said she quit the SLPP for "personal reasons".

According to Mrs. Savage, she had undertaken a number of projects in the constituency, which covers Kingtom, part of Old Railway Line, part of Tengbeh Town, Congo Town, Syke Street, Savage Street and Ascension Town.

"I started embarking on development projects since 1999 to date when women organisations were formed like the Kingtom Development Association and other micro-credit groups. There was the Baptist Convention that was training housewives and school dropouts," she said.

The former school teacher said she has educated over 25 children since 1999 and also donated 54 scholarships to school-going pupils, constructed a bridge and drainage at Byrne Street.

Commenting on the recent increase in NEC's nomination fees, Mrs. Savage said the electoral body has set rules for the conduct of the elections, and therefore aspirants should abide by them. According to her, the timing for the increment in the nomination fees may not be in their favour but they have to contend with it.

However, some Constituency 108 residents expressed serious doubts as to Madam Savage's claims of undertaking development in the constituency, saying "she has done nothing in terms of development in the constituency".

But when Concord Times put this to her, she said such comments were coming from people who only settled in the constituency after 2007. She expressed confidence that if given the symbol she will deliver the constituency to the ruling APC.

Mrs. Savage is a trained teacher and studied secretarial duties. She is also qualified in managerial studies in Nigeria. "I have vast experience in developmental processes and I have a strong political background, so I know what politics is all about," she said.

Madam Savage called on other aspirants to inculcate the attitude of non violence before, during and after the elections. She'll make her official declaration on Thursday this week at the National Stadium Hostel, where she hopes to say more about herself and her aspirations.

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