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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://awoko.org/2013/01/29/greek-orthodox-mission-faces-setback/ Wed February 6, 2013 Greek Orthodox Mission faces setback The Greek Orthodox Mission in
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      Wed February 6, 2013
      Greek Orthodox Mission faces setback

      The Greek Orthodox Mission in Sierra Leone has faced a serious setback
      after acquiring a 49 -year lease of the Dr. June Holst Ronnes Municipal
      School at Skye Street for development from the Freetown City Council. A
      recent report by Professor Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry has proved
      otherwise, stating that the lease agreement is flawed.

      According to AWOKO investigations, the Dr. June Holst Ronnes Municipal
      School which comprises of a primary and junior secondary school was
      leased to the Greek Orthodox Mission in Sierra Leone for development for
      49 years.
      The Greek Orthodox Mission has already constructed a magnificent
      two-storey building with sixteen classrooms for offices and staff room
      and furnished with an additional administrative block and an orthodox
      church aimed at promoting quality education and the Greek orthodox
      Christian religion that meets international standards.

      However, reports indicate that the National Board of Education is not
      happy with the acquisition of the school from the (FCC) by the Greek
      Orthodox mission in Sierra Leone.

      Maximus M. Bobson Kamara General Manager of the Orthodox in Sierra Leone
      in an interview with AWOKO said that, he believes the lease agreement
      was not flawed because all legal procedures were followed for the
      acquisition of the school.

      “We have been paying our annual lease fee of US$4000 to the Freetown
      City Council accounts department with receipt to the effect,” he told Awoko.
      He stated that he has not yet laid hands on the Gbamanja report and
      cannot discuss details of the report further with Awoko.
      “We have acquired this place legally and the property belongs to the
      Freetown City Council and they have the right to dispose the property to
      any institution they want.” He argued bitterly beating his office table
      with his hands. He added that the Ministry of Education is still paying
      teachers’ salaries at the school as a government -assisted school.

      ‘We wanted as a mission to be recognized as proprietors and the
      government still assisting the school’.

      The Ministry of Education has no right to talk about the property but
      the administrative operation of the school;
      A dusted written letter to the Education ministry informing them about
      the Orthodox mission taking over the school was shown to Awoko during
      the interview.

      “The mission should not suffer for the Freetown City Council mistakes
      because I believe there was no mistake on the lease agreement but may be
      some protocols were neglected but the FCC did not violate any law”, he
      argued

      He said the mission has a legally registered lease agreement between the
      FCC and the Orthodox mission and calls on the ministry of education to
      discuss with FCC to address the misunderstanding over the school.
      Maximus M Bobson Kamara General Manager of the Orthodox in Sierra Leone
      alleged that the National Board of Education has a biased ideology about
      the school lease.

      The school has been renamed the Freetown Orthodox Christian School by
      the Freetown City Council at a colorful ceremony, he told Awoko.
      A letter from the FCC Mayor signed by the ousted Herbert George-Williams
      dated 9th February 2011 which states that the lease agreement have been
      concluded for the transfer of ownership or proprietorship and operations
      of the former Dr. June Holst Ronnes Municipal School to the Greek
      Orthodox mission and the name of the school have now been changed to the
      Freetown Orthodox School Primary ad Junior Secondary School and all
      correspondences to be addressed to the new proprietor. The letter was
      also shown to AWOKO.

      However in a reply letter dated 29th June 2011 by the Ministry of
      Education also states that the Board has directed that the school
      reverts to its original status, bearing the name Dr. June Holst Ronnes
      Municipal School and that that board of governors and principal of the
      school are to ensure compliance.

      Maximus M Bobson Kamara General Manager of the Orthodox mission said the
      mission has engaged the Freetown City Council on the Gbamanja report and
      they are awaiting their response.

      However efforts to get to the Mayor of the Freetown City Council proved
      futile.
      By Saidu Bah
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