Dr Sam Sesay wins Chairman Election

It was on Thursday 2rd October, 2014 that Dr. Sam Sesay, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry was giving a facelift to his professional life. The facelift giving to him was not done or based on sentiment, but through hard work that he has demonstrated over the years. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in one of the country’s most troubled and shaky ministries, but the appointment of Dr. Sesay to be at the apex has succeeded in putting the ministry in a very stable and appreciative stage. Many admirers, including those in the International Community and even Sierra Leoneans have appreciated his expertise and adore him as a rescuer who is capable of turning the tide of things.

The Ministry, since the 1970s, 1980s and even during the reign of the late ex-President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has been a troubled spot, but Dr. Sesay has demonstrated his capability and competence, which points to the fact that, knowledge, skills, competence coupled with professionalism are key ingredients in the management and administration of any institution. Last Thursday has paid off the quiet and less talking Government Minister with the election of a Chairman of the World’s Food, Agriculture Organization (FAO). Dr Sesay will serve as Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of FAO for two years effective 2014-2016, which commenced on the day of his election. The Committee will advise the FAO and its Director General on their work, which is related to the production and provision of food and related items to the world including administration.

Acceptance Speech of Dr. Sam Sesay 

On behalf of the G77 and Africa, and also on behalf of my country Sierra Leone and my President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, I wish to express my profound gratitude and appreciation for the respect and opportunity accorded to my candidature and election as Chair of the COAG. I consider this responsibility as demanding additional time, resources and efforts on the part of my Government and my personal self. These, having consulted with my President before vying for the position, will be availed for the successful conduct of the COAG during my tenure.

As the AU Champion Minister of CAADP and luckily also the longest surviving Minister of Agriculture in Africa, I have been in the forefront in Africa and beyond to put Agriculture on top of other development priorities.

I wish to assure you that, with the support of the COAG Secretariat, its Bureau, the Africa Regional Group, the G77 and the whole of the COAG, we will have a very successful COAG during my tenure, that of the Vice and the Bureau.

Let me, at this juncture, appeal to ALL of you for your full support and to kindly request that we now re-direct all our attention and support to the success of the COAG from today onwards.

Before ending, I will be remiss if I don’t recognize and pay tribute to my predecessor, whom I’ll describe as the “Maradona of COAG”, Ambassador Mario Arvelo of the Dominican Republic for a marvelous job done in managing his two year tenure and in ably handling this 25th COAG! I kindly request that you avail yourself for information, consultations and advice hereafter.

Let me also thank my President for allowing me to submit my candidature in spite of what is going on in my country Sierra Leone, the Africa Regional Group, the Group of 77, the OECD and the rest of all of us present here for the confidence reposed on me

I thank you

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