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Sierra Leone News: “I will put premium on health and education” – Femi Cole

Femi Cole, Founder Leader Unity Movement

Femi Cole, Founder Leader Unity Movement

“If given the opportunity to become the first woman President of this country, my immediate priorities will focus on health and education for all”, adding that her goal is to make life better and comfortable, for all Sierra Leoneans.
Born 55 years ago in Kono District, Eastern, Sierra Leone, Femi Claudius Cole is the third child to the late Dr. Claudius Cole, who worked in various District hospitals.
Femi is a nurse by profession with over 20-years of experience, both internationally and locally.
Over the years, Cole was bothered by the appalling situation of Sierra Leone’s health and education sectors compared to other developing and developed countries. “Sierra Leone is rich and has people with huge potential but why do many continue to be poor and die from preventable ailments? Why the gap between the haves and have not’s?” Femi Cole explained that in 2013, she started contemplating joining a political party in order to make a contribution and turn the sad situation around. But, from observation, she decided to go solo and last year she registered the Unity Movement, of which she is Founder and Leader.
Speaking from her Pademba Road office on International Women’s Day, Cole said, her Party is yet to receive a certificate from the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC). But, she and Party members have been campaigning and visiting communities to sensitize them on the need for good health services and quality education.
During the outreach, she and her team offered free medical checks to vulnerable people. Many, they found, knew nothing about blood sugar, hypertension and hepatitis.
Cole said the maternal death rate among women is still very high and there is no reason a woman should die during childbirth. She also said, “The objective of our education plan is to address the high rate of illiteracy and develop a skilled and workforce that can get Sierra Leone back to work.”
By Ade Campbell
Monday March 13, 2017

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