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“We have experienced a decade of uninterrupted stability in governance”

April 28, 2017  By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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President Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday stated that the country has experienced a decade of uninterrupted stability in governance under his tenure as head of state.  

In his independence address to the nation, the president noted that despite difficult times, his government policies have attracted an unmatched record of foreign direct investments into the country, resulting in the employment of many young people, particularly in the extractive sector.

According to him, the sound policies put in place, coupled with other meaningful actions, have witnessed a corresponding double digit economic growth.

“In my almost 10 years of service as your Head of State, I am proud of what we have achieved together. We have experienced difficult times; yet we have demonstrated resilience that is unrivalled and courage that is unsurpassed. And owing to those actions, we have witnessed a corresponding double digit economic growth,” he said.

He maintained that in just nine years, the government has succeeded in the establishment of three universities with two more universities; one in the stern region to be established this year.

While stating that affirmative action has been taken to provide free university education for persons with disabilities and female students studying in the sciences in universities, President Koroma said gender parity has been achieved in primary schools, considerable increased enrolment in junior and senior secondary schools and the reintroduction of the National School Feeding Programmes.

“We proudly recount the establishment of a national free health care programme for pregnant women, lactating mothers, children under five years, the delivery of cash transfers to vulnerable households, the provision of seeds and other inputs to our farmers, the establishment of the Legal Aid Board and we are on course to establishing a free national ambulance service,” President Koroma noted.

Through the road infrastructure transformation programme, the president opined that farmers were being connected to markets, as well as connecting towns to cities and country to neighbouring states.

On the country’s fifty-six independence anniversary, president Koroma therefore entreat everyone to pay heed to the thoughtful words of the national anthem and the creed of Unity, Freedom and Justice.

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