January 30, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Flagbearer aspirant of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has promised residents of Kono district, eastern Sierra Leone that his administration would strongly focus on improving the poor standard of education, health, infrastructure, and agriculture in Sierra Leone.
While addressing residents last week in Kono, Retired Brigadier Maada Bio said investing in quality education would help boost the country’s human resource.
“I will abandon the 6-3-4-4 and revert to the 6-3-3-4 system of education which is the ‘best’ for our children. We have very few highly educated men and women in the country that is the reason we need to put strategies in place to acquire quality education. I will assure you all students at this gathering that with Maada Bio, there will be no SSS4,” he said.
Bio further noted that during his visit to most of the referrer hospitals in Pujehun, Bo, Kenema, Kailahun, Kono, Kabala among others, he vividly noticed that there were still challenges in providing quality healthcare system for people, nothing that Sierra Leone’s healthcare system was characterised with shortage of healthcare providers and poor condition of service for health workers.
He promised that his would be ‘presidency’ would formulate and implement a universal health insurance scheme that would cater for the entire population, expand and improve on the implementation of the free health care for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five to include children up to 18 years, the physically challenged and the aged.
“It is unfortunate that only two doctors are at the Koidu government hospital to take care of thousands of people in this part of the country. If elected president, my government will establish a free healthcare fund to ensure sustainability of the free healthcare system and establish a centre of excellence for diagnostics and treatment at a strategic location in the country,” he said, adding that even though government has embarked on a lot of infrastructural activities, his administration would introduce different strategies to improve on the country’s infrastructure.
“Improving infrastructure is an imperative for any meaningful development and poverty reduction. Development of infrastructure facilitates growth and promotes human development. Our approach to infrastructure will be holistic and shall be guided by social and economic benefits, cost and effective planning and execution. Our efforts at developing the infrastructure will cover electricity, water supply, transport and communications,” he concluded