Fellow Sierra Leoneans, As we usher in this new year, our hearts are filled with profound gratitude. We are thankful to the Almighty God for his boundless mercies and for guiding us into another year filled with renewed hope and new possibilities. As your president, and most significantly, as your fellow citizen, I stand with you today to reflect on our shared journey.
A journey marked by triumphs and challenges, yet steadied by an unwavering hope for a prosperous future. In these times of global unrest and economic challenges, our democratic principles have been our guiding light. We have faced tests to our resolve, but our commitment to democracy remains unshakable.It is the foundation upon which our nation will continue to build a peaceful, prosperous, and just society. As a nation, we continue to build a peaceful, progressive, and thriving future. As we step into this new year, I am filled with an unwavering sense of hope and optimism. Hope, for I see a nation eager to rise above its challenges. Optimism, for I believe in our collective ability to overcome any adversity. Our resilience is not just our legacy, it is the promise of our future.
This last year has been particularly trying, with challenges to our democratic order and unforeseen trials. Yet, in these moments, we witness the strength of our security and armed forces, and the unyielding spirit of our people shining through. In the face of life’s unpredictability, we stood as one, rejecting discord and embracing unity. This unity makes me optimistic that we can. Find a dignified, equitable, and hopeful place in Sierra Leone. Fellow Sierra Leoneans, At this critical juncture, our decisions will profoundly shape Sierra Leone’s future. Recognizing the gravity of the current economic situation, our government has taken decisive actions to mitigate its effects. The 2024 budget, a testament to our unwavering dedication is strategically focused on providing robust social safety nets to protect the most vulnerable among us.
This project is more than a fiscal plan. It is a solemn vow to uplift every Sierra Leonean, especially those in dire need. It embodies a comprehensive and resilient strategy designed not just to weather the storm, but to guide our nation towards greater strength and resilience. Fellow Sierra Leoneans, As we step into this new year, it is with a heart full of hope and a renewed vision for Sierra Leone on a global stage.
This year marks a significant milestone in our journey as a nation, a demonstration of our resilience and commitment to forging a path of progress and peace. I am immensely proud that for only the second time in our storied history, Sierra Leone has been honoured with a seat in the United Nations Security Council to reflect the remarkable strides we have all made together as a country, especially during my administration. Let us all take pride in the transformation we have achieved together.
Our journey to the United Nations Security Council is not just a triumph for Sierra Leone . It is a symbol of hope for nations striving to overcome adversity. As we embark on this prestigious tenure, we do so with the collective spirit and determination that define us as a people. Together, we will continue to make Syria a shining example of hope, unity, and resilience on the global stage. As we strive to elevate our nation to its rightful place in the world, my priority remains the remarkable people of Sierra Leone.
In doing this, our big five priorities remain the anchor for our nation’s stability and prosperity. Through our flagship food salon program, we are committed to reducing state food imports, alleviating hunger and malnutrition, and boosting export earnings from agriculture while creating job opportunities, especially for our youth.
We would consolidate the gains made with our human capital development priorities with a key focus on education and healthcare. We have allocated resources to sustain the free quality education program with a vision to illuminate every corner of our nation with a flame of knowledge our investment in healthcare will continue to improve life expectancy and reduce maternal mortality, underscoring our dedication to the well-being of every serial unit.
Through our Youth Employment Scheme, the goal is to create painful employment opportunities across key growth sectors of our economy for our vibrant youths to improve their quality of life. Through the fourth big five priority focus of revamping public service architecture, we are committed to improving governance and public service delivery in our nation in technology and infrastructure priority focus is geared towards modernizing our country through pathways for sustained economic growth.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, as we turn the page to a new chapter, let us remember that our strength lies in our unity. The challenges we face, whether economic, social, or environmental, are stepping stones on our path to progress. Each step we take is a step towards a Sierra Leone where every voice is heard, every potential is realized, and every dream is within reach.
Together, we will build a Sierra Leone that is not only a prize for us today, but a legacy for generations to come. May this new year bring lasting peace and stability, and many more opportunities for economic growth and prosperity to the land that we can love. Our Mama Salon, may the Almighty guide us, bless our efforts, and continue to shower His mercies upon us.
Happy New Year to you all.