The National Grand Coalition (NGC) is set to nominate Samuel Paul Itam as its Freetown mayoral candidate for the March 7 Local Council election, tomorrow 13 January 2018, at the National Electoral Commission (NEC) headquarters.
Itam said he is running on the platform of rebuilding a more efficient and effective City Council where the systems of the city function and work properly.
Itam has pledged that if elected he will modernise the Council by ensuring transparency in all its activities. “I will encourage and work with citizens to pay reasonable fees, taxes, and rates for timely services, which will help in transforming Freetown into a hub of industrial and service development in the future.”
He promised that he will endeavour to make Freetown a place where people live and prosper and not a place where people live and suffer.
Speaking on their preparedness for tomorrow, Chief Brima Keita, the NGC Regional Chairman Western Area, said he and his team held their final prep meeting yesterday with all candidates who are up for nomination tomorrow at their office on Naimbana Street.
“We went through all relevant guidelines and requirements, so as to enable them to prepare well to face the nomination team at NEC. We are sure of nominating 48 Councillors and a Mayoral candidate,” he said.
When asked if all their candidates meet the qualification requirements, he responded positively, adding that the Act is clear on that. “Our candidate is a born and bred on Syke Street, so we are confident.”
Keita said as a Party they have thoroughly vetted all the candidates so as to not envisage any setback during the process.
He said, “We have been on the ground for three years and we have structures in the entire region, so therefore we were able to fill in candidates for all the positions. We strongly believe that we are on good footing to challenge the incumbent and the SLPP councillors in the election.”
Itam, an economist, has served as a member of the Board of Directors at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supervising twenty African countries, including Sierra Leone.
By Zainab Iyamide Joaque
Friday January 12, 2018.