By Bampia James Bundu Strategic Communication Unit, MIC…..
His Excellency the President Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio has on Wednesday April 7th engaged the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBS) Morning Coffee and the African Young Voices (AYV) ‘Good Morning programs’ to expound on the successes and challenges of his government over the past three years.
The visit of the president to these two major television shows, has been widely described by Sierra Leoneans as unprecedented for a sitting head of state.
In his address to both audiences, the president was clear that there are still challenges in the country but his government has done extremely well in ensuring that they correct the wrongs they inherited from the past administration.
President Bio elaborated on the successes and challenges of the Free Quality Education program and called on all Sierra Leoneans to join forces with the government to actualise the project. “We should not politicize issues that have to do with the future of our children. We must come together and support the FQE project,” he said.
The president used the interview as a means to explain to the nation what his government has done in implementing the human capital development program of his government, with particular reference to Agriculture, Education and Health.
The President revealed that in three years his government has done a lot in rebranding Sierra Leone in international circles, after the previous administration had battered its image. He dilated on the youth empowerment programs, road infrastructure, investments in agriculture propelled by mechanized farming, which is a paradigm shift from the traditional subsistence farming, among others.
The President on AYV when asked about the progress on the constitutional review was quick to say there are delays in that but it’s at an advanced stage.
On the issue of inclusiveness of his government, President Bio made it clear that, he doesn’t pick and choose as every Sierra Leonean is important to him irrespective of region, tribe or religion.
The President went on to talk about his fight against corruption, which he vowed to sustain until it is won. “I don’t have sacred cows in my Government. The moment ACC finds you culpable you are fired and asked to account,” he said.