It has reached desk of New Age that Mohamed King Koroma, country’s Statistician General has had timeless moments knocking doors of the high and mighty to have them continue keeping him in office after retirement in 2015.
That he has retired in April 2015, but was given one year extension, and on expiry, given another one year, making a total of two years of extension just like that.
Findings are that Koroma’s second extension ends 30th June 2017.
But sources say he (Koroma) has been lobbying the Statistics Council, Officials at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and politicians for an additional extension of his term of office.
Claims are that he has even put powerful pubic officials under a certain financial commitment as he stoutly fights for another extension as country’s Statistician General.
However, Koroma denied paying one hundred million Leones bribe as alleged or lobbying politician or Statistics Council member (s) for an extension of his term.
He admits there has been unending infighting from among the membership of Statistics Council over the years.
He resoundingly also told the New Age that there are incompetent persons completely unaware of happenings linking
Statistics in the Council.
“You Know what,” Koroma said, “there has been a slogan here at Statistics: “after Port-Loko nar Tonkolili,” all geared towards fighting me.
He did not say whether he intends accept an additional extension of term or will be gladly retire from office after 30th June.
It is true there has been administrative deficiency at Statistics Sierra Leone, the result of which has seen the organization woefully and willfully still not have a Deputy Statistician General, thus crafting the way for an overstay in office of the current head of Statistics.
As we speak, it is still not known whether Koroma intends go on retirement after 30th June 2017.
Details linking bribery in our next edition.