The National Grand Coalition (NGC) party has maintained that the hardship Sierra Leoneans are now contending with is more than it used to be as the current administration is yet to turn things round for the better.
That the level of hardship in the country is now serious to an extent that it is strangulating the society.
That in their first monthly press briefing in October last year, they called government’s attention to the extreme hardship being experienced in the daily lives of the people due to the worsening economic situation in the country.
“The problem of hardship in Sierra Leone has gone way beyond the issue of unemployed youths; hardship is strangulating the entire society, affecting those who have jobs as well as the jobless,” NGC stated.
That in October of 2019, they went to the market and conducted a survey on the prices of basic foodstuffs which indicated that there was an alarming increase in prices whereas the income of majority households remains the same.
That in November of the same year, they looked into the reasons ‘why d gron dry’ and recommended that government needs to deal with the issue of hunger and hardship as an emergency, but that government does not seem to be very good in listening.
They noted that their concern has now been legitimized by the recent Afrobarometer Report by the Institute for Governance Reform (IGR) titled the ‘D gron still dry.’
That the priorities of the government do not seem to be the same as the priorities of the people, adding that the fact remains that the people are hungry.
That food is becoming more expensive and in some cases unaffordable for the majority of the people.
They noted that they (NGC) have returned to the market again in August of this year to assess the prices of foodstuffs, maintaining that there is a steady increase in prices with no increase in income.
That their reason for embarking on such market surveys is because government does not seem to be addressing the economy and hardship in the country.
They have called on government to treat hunger as a real threat to national security by addressing it and bring some relief to the ordinary man.