By Samuel Tengbeh.
As the discussion on the price of the national Passport continues in Parliament, there has been a spate of allegations and counter allegations between representatives of the two leading parties, APC and SLPP, about who is the most righteous, who bears the greatest responsibility for creating the present situation or who should now be the liberator of the people.
It would be recalled that Honorable Hindolo Ngevao of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, who is now posing as liberator, has earlier said that parliament should take a decision that will ensure that the price of the national passport is condensed in the interest of every Sierra Leonean, and called for a change of the company that is currently tasked with producing the Passports.
Honourable Ngevao maintains that there are better companies that can effectively regulate the production and cost of Passports as compared to the French owned company, Thomas De La Rue and has been vehemently resolute in his assertions that the current passport production deal is against the interest of the common Sierra Leonean.
What is more intriguing is that in his assertions, the Honourable MP has accused members of the APC party, who were in government and who signed the deal, for illegally benefiting from the deal, which he perceived might have prompted the rationale behind their resistance to his proposals.
However, in the Parliamentary session of Friday, 15TH November, the Member of Parliament of Constituency 77, Port Loko District and of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) responded strongly to the allegations made by Honorable Hindolo Ngevao from the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) on the notion that the APC Members of Parliament are frowning at the idea of reducing prices of national passport in the country.
Hon. Abdul said that they are keen about matters of wrong procedures applied by the SLPP in the implementation of certain policies, an attitude he said has now become characteristic of their conduct in Parliament. He added that for such an agreement to be nullified, the principal parties to the agreement i.e. the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Thomas De La Rue should be present. He observed that Honorable Ngavao’s idea of proposing a nullification before parliament without following due Parliamentary procedure will only protract an unnecessary argument and waste precious time.
Meanwhile, the public waits with bated breath to see where this would end.