The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo on Saturday met with journalists in Kenema District at the Capitol Hotel Complex in Kenema City to brief them about the activities of the government.
He said the government of Sierra Leone under the leadership of President Koroma has made significant improvement in terms of agriculture, energy and power, health, education and infrastructure amongst others.
The Minister further stated that the government in its strives to boost the agriculture sector has secured over 300 tractors, rice haulers and power tillers to be distributed to farmers across the country for the attainment of food sufficiency in the country and disclosed that Sierra Leone has started exporting rice to neighboring countries.
The Minister assured journalists in Kenema that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill will be tabled in Parliament soon, not only for the press but to enable ordinary citizens to have an archive where generations yet unborn can research for historic events about the country.
The Minister reiterated that the Ernest Bai Koroma led government has been recognized the world over as one of the best democratic government in recent times in Africa that has established a national broadcasting entity headed by a member of the opposition party Professor Septimus Kaikai.
He said the government in its move towards improving the education sector in the country set up the Professor Gbamanja Commission to look at the lapses of the 6-3-3-4 system of education and map out possible strategies for the improvement of the educational system in the country and noted that the system will be changed to 6-3-4-4 and that the idea of access to Universities and Tertiary Institutions will be abolished.
He implored journalists to be ambassadors of change by giving correct and balance information to the public as enshrined in the media code of conduct for the development of the country.
The Minister further stated that the government in its agenda for change has prioritized agricultural, education, health, energy and power in a bid to foster development at grass root level.
By Saffa Moriba