June 27, 2019
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh yesterday unveiled the second edition of the ‘New Direction’ magazine which catalogues the achievements in key priority areas of the government in the first year of governance.
When the government clocked 100 days in office, the communications unit at State House put together the first magazine, outlining key deliverables of President Julius Maada Bio and his government as espouse in his manifesto.
In his statement, Dr. Jalloh stated that the magazine catalogued the concrete achievements of the government in a story telling fashion, while thanking the communications team for putting together a rich content and verifying analysis.
Highlighting the key achievements, the vice president said they have succeeded in giving a new life in basic primary and secondary education in the country with the introduction of the free quality education programme.
He said the flagship programme caters for over two million people, citing the payment of school fees, providing teaching and learning materials, rehabilitation and construction of additional classrooms and approval of schools, among others as some of the benefits so far realized.
While stating that they are working with various partners, including UNESCO to improve on quality, Dr. Jalloh said they are taking pragmatic steps to tackle examination malpractices in the country.
He added that very recently, the president established an inter-ministerial committee to critically look into examination malpractices and proffer recommendations on how it could be addressed.
“You will also agree with that when we took over governance, the economic conditions were challenging and that in no doubt impacted on the prospect of the economy. We have managed to arrest the GDP which was on a downward scale and stabilized the situation and move on. We have also managed to contain and reduce inflation,” he stated.
Earlier, Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi thanked the media for reporting extensively on the government achievements and activities of the presidency.
“We are to tell our own story through the publication of this magazine. We are grateful for the many positives coverage of the government achievements. We are adding this magazine to that collection of literature on the legacy that the president is building. What we have done on this magazine is to focus on the key priorities of the government and the achievements made over the past year,” he said.
He commended heads of agencies and ministers for their cooperation in gathering the materials for the magazine and added that the quality was improved upon as compared to the maiden edition with contributions from those who are not part of the governance structure also included.