Sierra Leone Army Wives Cooperative Society have celebrated Her Excellency, the First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio for her relentless strides in promoting women’s affairs globally, as the first lady reaffirmed commitment to support and partner with them.
The army wives gave the first lady as resounding welcome during the recent commissioning ceremony of the Beamay Preparatory School in Wilberforce, an event that saw the refurbished school receiving a much-needed facelift.
Expressing her gratitude to the Army Wives for extending the invitation to be the guest speaker at the ceremony, the First Lady acknowledged their relentless dedication in securing funding for the school’s refurbishment.
Being familiar with the essence of togetherness as the wife of a military man, she applauded their emphasis on education, which aligns perfectly with President Bio’s agenda in building the country’s human capital.
She highlighted her own contributions to the military sector in the past three years, including the construction of one of the region’s largest hospitals, which is set to house a medical school in the near future.
Dr. Fatima Bio emphasised the importance of collaboration with the Army Wives in fulfilling their shared vision of creating a better society for women, children, and girls. She urged the school authorities to maximize the newly provided facility and called upon teachers, parents, and community members to unite in delivering a quality education to the pupils.
High praises were offered by the Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Peter K. Lavahun, as he commended the first lady for gracing the occasion.
Brig. Gen. Lavahun acknowledged the Wilberforce Barracks as one of the oldest educational institutions in the area and assured all present that the school will be properly maintained.