Sierra Leone Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa on April 26, 2020 paid a surprise visit to Liberia-Sierra Leone border via Bo Waterside-Jendema in Grand Cape Mount County to assess the operations of Covid 19 team currently mobilized there, a dispatch from Sierra Leone Embassy to Liberia has revealed.
While at the border, the dispatch says, the top Sierra Leonean official was warmly welcomed by the Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Eddie S. Massally.
Addressing a team of Sierra Leonean citizens, Minister JJ Saffa admonished border officials including health workers to remain active, and ensure that the people comply with all health protocols put in place to curtail the spread of the deadly Virus (Covid-19).
He called on all citizens to respect border authorities, and also abide by prescribed laws and regulations laid down by security operatives to ensure security for all. Minister Saffa told Sierra Leonean residents that, the government is aware of the slowdown in the economic activities around the border towns, and the negative impact it has on their livelihoods, noting, his government plan to support small businesses through micro finance to cushion in the economic effect of covid-19.
For his part, Sierra Leone Ambassador to Liberia, Eddie S. Massally briefed the Finance Minister on the operations at the border since the lockdown, adding that there has been smooth passage for essential goods and services in and out of both countries.
Ambassador Massally recounted the challenges being faced by front line workers and security personnel assigned at the border. Among others, the Ambassador cited limited logistics and feeding as major challenges facing the border security.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Massally has assured Minister JJ Saffa that he, together with border officials will ensure that Bo Waterside-Jendema border are properly guided, and that citizens adhere to all health protocols and security measures put in place.