Many people have expressed that there are more promises than accomplished work after President Bio delivered his State Opening address of the Third Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic.
Most of them maintained that just a little has been accomplished so far by the President Bio led Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) which is now a little over Two (2) years in office.
That much more should have been done by the Bio New Direction administration in order to give them the desired hope that his government will deliver on their campaign promises running to the 2018 Elections.
At the state opening of Parliament, President Bio pointed out that about a year ago, that he addressed the same assembly and outlined progress made, major challenges and plans for the next year.
He added that since that address, considerable progress has been made in terms of development, noting that his administration has prioritized human capital development of which Two (2) Million children including girls now have access to Free Quality Education.
However, most of the people agreed with this aspect of the President’s speech but disagreed with the quality aspect of the Free Education which they believe is yet to measure up to its expected quality.
President Bio state that they have commenced preparation for a purposeful education which he believes is need in the country for future development and competitiveness in the global market.
That his administration has recruited and trained more healthcare workers as well as built and refurbished more healthcare centres and hospitals and have introduced a dedicated healthcare service delivery in the country.
That they have developed a monitoring and evaluation mechanism in order to enhance accountability and transparency that will strengthen public performance management and service delivery.
That cabinet has approved $19.8 Million for the construction of a national diagnostic radiotherapy cancer centre with modern facilities in order to reduce costs on overseas travelling for medical attention.
That government will support ministries of Youth Affairs, Defence, Correctional Services and Local Council to establish institutional farms in the country in order to boost rice self-sufficiency in the country.
“Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, with current energy access at 18%, my Government will pursue its overall policy objective of providing adequate, affordable and sustainable power supply nationwide, to stimulate economic development through the consolidation, improvement, and expansion of existing and potential energy supply infrastructure,” President Bio promised.
He maintained that with support from the World Bank under the Energy Sector Utility Reform Project, government is improving the transmission and distribution network in Freetown and its environs and rehabilitating five sub-stations in Brookfields, Congo Cross, King Tom, Lumley and Blackhall Road. Of these substations, three are already completed.
That they are pursing to ensure that there is improved water supply in the country noting that government has provided funding for the construction of water supply system in Six (6) Districts Headquarter Towns (Moyamba, Pujehun, Kailahun, Kabala, Kambia and Magburaka).
These were some of the highlighted development strides to be undertaken by government among others.