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‘I’ll unite SLPP and develop Salone’

- vows flag-bearer hopeful

November 10, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Flag-bearer hopeful for the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has assured that if elected he will ensure the party is united to win the 2018 presidential election and bring development to the nation.

Mohamed Kabiru Gassama told a press reception at his residence on Friday (November 6) that his intention of joining the race for the SLPP flag-bearer is “to provide enlightened leadership and contribute robustly to the sustainable development of Sierra Leone through the formulation of job-rich economic growth and development for the eradication of poverty, deprivation and exclusion”.

He said he will strive to achieve unity amongst all members, stakeholders and executive of the party at national, regional, district and zonal levels.

“I will ensure that sections within the party are strengthened. I will make sure that all elected representatives of the SLPP at both national, regional and district executives are paid negotiated salaries and benefits, including subsidies for education of their children and free healthcare,” he said.

Mr. Gassama opined that if elected as flag-bearer and subsequently becomes the president of Sierra Leone he will ensure a constructive and effective national security and intelligence infrastructure is established.

According to him, bad governance coupled with the country’s security and intelligence failings were responsible for the two devastating calamities [the war and Ebola] that befell the nation.

“No economic and development plan could be soundly implemented without security and stability,” he said. “We will therefore endeavour to establish a National Intelligence and Security Agency to replace the Office of National Security with necessary resources to effectively protect and defend our nation.”

He maintained that he will create an accessible national education system as “the current education system has failed to effectively implement the reforms and establish community colleges in all 14 districts”, as well as a university in the eastern region of the country.

The SLPP flag-bearer hopeful also assured that a public health scheme that provides free access to healthcare services for all will be made available, while establishing medical schools and para-medical schools in all the regions.

“I have about 30 years of professional working experience and competencies at national and international level. I served as senior Policy Adviser at the International Labour Organisation and I have also served as Minister of Employment and Industrial Relations during the late President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah’s government,” he said.

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