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Konouwah Sengbe
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I was pleased to read that President Bio invited all the leaders of the rival political parties in Saro, or their representatives, to hang heads relative to the way forward for the benefit of the nation at large. Hooray for this effort! It is always a good thing for inter-partisan rivals to come together and put the interests of the nation before their various partisan interests in a nation such as ours that is still under-developed according to many measures.  How about in the interests of inter-partisan cohesiveness? Can the President not try to see to it that inter-partisan rivalries can be peacefully laid to rest, and resolved through the same approach he seems to favor in creating a peaceful atmosphere, and genuine understanding relative to the inter-partisan rivalries he is trying to dampen peacefully? I believe he should try to do so.

This brings me to the question forwarded in the title of this piece namely: where is John Oponjo Benjamin, fondly called John- Ben by his friends and constituents in the East, West, South and North of Saro? Indeed, where is John Ben in the scheme of things within our SLPP? After all, he has been a very staunch supporter – financially and morally – ever since their (Bio included) NUP was disbanded in favor of the SLPP. He has served the nation very well in many capacities in the past, and present, I suppose. But I do not hear about him ever since President Bio led us to the pinnacle of national power. I wonder why?

Has John-Ben retired from Saro politics to concentrate more fully on his business interests/enterprises? How is his health? What is his standing in the SLPP? What is going on with this Brother? Can there be a peaceful resolution between the “conflict” between the President and John-Ben during the electioneering period? If so, who is the catalyst to render such a magnanimous resolution?

The questions I have posed and my desire for a more cohesive SLPP can best be answered by those in the know. Please, and for God’s sake, do not shy away from honestly answering these questions, and while at it, please give your objective opinions relative to this matter.

Sengbe would like to thank you/y’alls very kindly indeed for your participation in this effort.

Sengbe
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"Intra-partisan cohesiveness" was my meaning in the question: "How about in the interests of inter-partisan cohesiveness?"

I hope you catch or caught my drift in the piece above.
Bondesia
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Sengbe,

Reliable sources intimate that John Oponjo Benjamin is retired in his home town of Segbwema where he has become a farmer.

When President Bio visited Segbwema in January, there was a big poster that read:

"John Oponjo Benjamin welcomes his Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to Kailahun District."

I believe that John Ben and President Bio are sworn enemies.  They don't like each other and will never like each other.  This is nothing new.  It started in their days at the NPRC when upon ousting Valentine Strasser from power, Bio fired Benjamin.   So it is understandable that  Benjamin could retire in the serenity of Segbwema far away from the bright lights of the capital city of Freetown.  Di man nor want problem.

Is John Ben still a member of the SLPP?  I suppose so.  At least no formal resignation has been forwarded.  Would he challenge Bio for the party's flag bearer nomination for 2023.  I doubt it.  Africa is the wrong place for such adventures.  Besides, Bio's immense global popularity  seems to have all his opponents cowering under their beds.   Just my two cents.
LOL
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 "Besides, Bio's immense global popularity  seems to have all his opponents cowering under their beds.   Just my two cents."

Hehehe!  Your "two cents" are noted.


Sengbe
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Bondesia. I'd like to thank you very kindly for your input in this thread. If anyone has an opposing view relative to Bondesia's articulation, please come forward in refutation.

I strongly believe that if one can make "peace" with one's political "enemies" in the various camps, I do not see the need to incessantly begrudge one's own "brother" in the same political party, except if one has a certain amount of low self-esteem in terms of political charisma.

Let there be everlasting peace amongst brothers and sisters in the same political camp. Rivalry is bound to exist among them but it must be peaceful rivalry without outrageous malice.

I wish John-Ben well in his newfound dispensation as a farmer, and I wish President Maada Bio all the success he needs to guide the nation out of "rough" waters.
Bondesia
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Sengbe,

Indeed, peace among political party leaders is critical to the success of any party.  Hopefully, president Bio would at some point consider extending an olive branch to John Ben and other SLPP folks who have retreated to their comfort zones since the SLPP took the helm of state.

On a different note, two prominent positions will soon become vacant - the chancellors of the university of Sierra Leone and Njala university.  Would you consider applying for one of these positions?
Sengbe
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"...Would you consider applying for one of these positions?..." Bondesia

Bondesia, again thank you very much indeed for reposing that amount of confidence in my being for such an august position as Chancellor in the University system of S/Leone, but I must decline the intention simply because I have already spent 35 years as a professor in the University system of NC in the USA, and I have quite recently retired from that position in academia. It is now time to pursue my other passions before meeting my Maker in due time.

In my case, life is multi-dimensional, as opposed to it being one-dimensional, so I intend to convert my other passions into my new-found career objectives that stimulate my interests. University administration is NOT a career goal I'd like to pursue at this stage of my life since I have done so for so long through teaching courses, and conducting basic and applied research in the field of Chemistry. It is time to turn a new leaf in my career goals. On the other hand, I might like to share my experiences with students in Saro by teaching courses on a part-time basis while farming the vast lands in the Bagbo Chiefdom in continuation of what was initiated by my Father on my return to my native land when the time is appropriate.

Thanks again for the kind consideration, my brother. 
Bondesia
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"In my case, life is multi-dimensional, as opposed to it being one-dimensional, so I intend to convert my other passions into my new-found career objectives that stimulate my interests."   Sengbe the Great


Sengbe,

Powerful words and indeed inspirational in totality.  Yes, man must be multi-dimensional.

While I believe that given your background you are capable of turning the fortunes of our moribund university systems around and making them as competitive as they were on the eve of Siaka Stevens' ascension to power in Salone, I am sure that redirecting your immense talent into a relatively neglected sector of our economy will be a win-win for Salone.  Farming needs a big boost and I believe that the people of Jimmi Bagbo will give you all the support that you need in making a difference not only in their lives but in the life of Salone as a nation.  Good luck my friend.
Sengbe
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"...While I believe that given your background you are capable of turning the fortunes of our moribund university systems around and making them as competitive as they were on the eve of Siaka Stevens' ascension to power in Salone, I am sure that redirecting your immense talent into a relatively neglected sector of our economy will be a win-win for Salone..." Bondesia

 
Based on the formidable challenges inherent in Bondesia's piece, it would be foolhardy for me not to countenance  the opportunity to serve. Thus I must reconsider my stance. As a newly retired educator after a very long tenure, I must first rest and consider my prioritized options relative to the future.

"...Farming needs a big boost and I believe that the people of Jimmi Bagbo will give you all the support that you need in making a difference not only in their lives but in the life of Salone as a nation..." 

Indeed! I am sure I can kill two or more proverbial birds with the same stone, with the support of my folks in the Chiefdom.

"...Good luck my friend..." Thank you kindly, my brother.

Spectator 007
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I think you should serve as Chancellor if offered the position. It won’t be nearly as taxing on your body as a VC position and you’ll have time to engage in farming.
Bondesia
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I hope Sengbe pursues one of these positions - Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone or Chancellor of Njala University.  Njala has expanded over the years with two large campuses in Bo in addition to the main campus at Makonde.

Years of ugly APC politicking has taken a toll on our universities.  They now lag universities in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal.  Yet Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone is the oldest university in West Africa.

Sengbe is uniquely qualified to lead one of the above universities.  Apart from his stellar scholarship, the man's experience in a big university system in the United States will come as a gift to university education in Sierra Leone. 

Prior to Siaka Stevens, Sierra Leone led from the front in academia in West Africa.  But the greedy and corrupt Stevens crowned himself chancellor and in the process destroyed higher education in Salone.

President Julius Bio has made it clear that he will be relinquishing both positions (Chancellor of USL and Njala) this year.  And Bio being a guy who respects quality candidates to fill vacant positions will be impressed with Sengbe's resume (CV).  I'm also sure that Bio will provide Sengbe with all the necessary support to make our universities competitive again.
Sengbe
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Thanks for the encouragement from both Spectator 007 and Bondesia. I will seriously think about this new formidable challenge when the opportunity to apply arises.

Do you all know when the President will relinquish his hold on the leadership of the University system is Saro? When, and where the positions will be advertised in order for interested qualified folks to consider pursuing the application process.

Is there an age ceiling for applicants? When some of these questions are clearly answered I'd think about serving in that capacity for the benefit of my motherland.

I hope I can count on Bondesia and Spectator 007 for letters of reference/recommendation due to their kind incitement.
Bondesia
Reply with quote  #13 
"Do you all know when the President will relinquish his hold on the leadership of the University system is Saro? When, and where the positions will be advertised in order for interested qualified folks to consider pursuing the application process."  Sengbe



Sengbe,

The president announced last year at Njala's commencement exercises  that he will relinquish the two positions (USL and Njala) this year.  No specific date was given.  

The president appointed the Vice Chancellors of both universities (USL and Njala) last year.  It is possible that like the VC positions, the chancellor positions may not advertised.  But since the president always fills positions with folks that are supremely qualified, I will advise that you discuss this issue with folks that you may know in the government.   They may well give you a heads up.

Good luck.
DMK
Reply with quote  #14 
Sengbe Sir, I would vote for you for Chancellor if it was an elected position. It is precisely the kind of position where we need people with long academic records. I myself have just started down the academic route, teaching part time at the university and if there is one thing that is clear, it is that nothing beats experience when it comes to academic administration. Your country needs you sir!
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