ECOWAS,UN Fund Hands- Off our Girls Campaign
An international media institution in Turkey has reported that the launching of the ‘’Hands –off our girls Campaign’’ by President Julius Maada Bio alongside his wife Fatima Jabbe Bio in 2018 was also funded by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS ) and the United Nations Population Fund.
The Turkish News online is said to have also reported the news and have it published on their website. Sierra Leoneans therefore demand to know how much was provided as funding by the ECOWAS and the UN Population Fund. It could be recalled that the First Lady, Madam Fatima Bio, had before this time, stated on social media that she did not receive any money from the government for the launch of that project, and after the Africanist Press produced evidence to the contrary, she admitted in an interview on BBC that money used for the launch of the ‘‘Hands-off –our girls Campaign’’ was from the government Consolidated Revenue Fund at the Bank of Sierra Leone. Madam Fatima Jabbie Bio only came out after revelations by the Africanist Press that the Office of the First Lady under the leadership of President Julius Maada Bio is said to have received huge amount of money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the launching of the Hands-off-our girls Campaign even though her office is not entitled to receive tax payers money, as it is not legislated by law. Madam Bio was also alleged to have written letters of request demanding financial support from corporate agencies as well as government ministries, departments and agencies for the same campaign. The Audit Report of 2018/2019 by the Audit Service Sierra Leone, through their records, stated that the account in question for the office of the First Lady was established in 2018, few months after the Bio led SLPP administration had taken over the mantle of leadership. But what is more interesting in all of these is when Madam Bio had, before this time, told the public that her office has never received a cent from the government. Her statements, which many believe to be contradictory, are presently a subject of topical discussion in and out of Sierra Leone. Anadolu News Agency report is published verbatim alongside the story