January 15, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Presidential Candidate of the Coalition for Change (C4C), Chief Alhaji Sidique Samuel Sam-Sumana, has decried the poor state of education in the country and charged that there is nothing good to write home about it.
The C4C presidential candidate was last Friday speaking on Radio Democracy’s popular ‘Good morning Salone’ programme, where he reiterated that the current administration hasn’t done well in education under the leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma.
“We haven’t done well in education and up to today under the present government, if you look at the university sector what’s the improvement? If you look at the graduates, some of them can’t write good English,” he said.
He maintained that the Professor Gbamanja Commission was a very good move that would have helped the country sort the current malaise in her education sector, but noted that no action was taken on the recommendation of the commission.
Chief Sam-Sumana, who was controversially removed as Vice President in 2015, stated that creating a solid foundation from pre-primary would be key to enhancing the future of education in the country.
When asked about his assessment of the APC government during his time as Vice President, he admitted that it made some remarkable improvement in certain areas.
“When we came in 2007, we promised the people, under the Ernest Bai Koroma government, with electricity within 100 days, thus there was an Income Electric programme,” he said, adding that he personally realised that such was not enough.
The former Vice President conceded that the APC government has constructed roads, although he questioned the quality of some of the roads, adding that some were not well constructed.
He accepted collective responsibility, but stated that allocation of contracts was solely done by the president.
In addition, the C4C strongman lamented the poor state of health in the country, stating that the level of maternal mortality has still not improved despite the launch of the free healthcare initiative.
When asked as to whether he has any gripe against the President Koroma or the judges who ruled that the former was right to have sacked him, he replied that: “You know one thing, we are susceptible to mistakes but you should not be too big to apologise after doing a mistake. In my faith, there is no room for grudge. The ECOWAS Court has said the government and the judiciary were wrong.”
He boasted that among all the aspirants, he has a far greater wealth of experience in leadership than any of them, adding that he would prioritise governance, social services, corruption and equality if he wins the March 7 presidential election.
Chief Sam-Sumana further boasted that the entire Sierra Leone is his stronghold, albeit Kono, his home district, is very key. He revealed he would be touring the entire country to explain his vision and plans to voters.
The C4C presidential candidate was controversially sacked as Vice President in March, 2015 shortly after he was expelled from the ruling APC party on allegations of lying about his academic qualification, religious persuasion and being involved in anti-party activities. He had dismissed these allegations as totally false.
The ECOWAS Court, last November, ruled in his favour, referring to the president’s action as “illegal, null and void” while ordering that he be paid damages.
Meanwhile, members and supporters of the Coalition for Change last Monday welcomed the former Vice President upon his return to Freetown from the Ghanaian capital Accra, and on Tuesday endorsed him as presidential candidate.