Paramount Chief Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Sanka 111 has said Sierra Leone needs a think tank that will sit down and look at all that the country has and try to maximize it for the multiplying effect to be far greater.
The Tonkolili Paramount Chief was contributing to the budget debate yesterday when he highlighted the leakages in taxation and given solutions for increased revenue collection.
P.C Kanagbaro stressed on strong government commitment and determination to let the people benefit from the locally generated revenue. He cited information technology and education as a step to the development of the country.
He quoted from the former American President Lyndon Baines Johnson who once said in 1965 “It is in the land of ignorance that poverty started”
He compared other countries like Singapore who does not have the resources like Sierra Leone which are wealthier in natural resources, so also is Sweden but asked “ whether is it that these countries top the human development index because they have a literate society”
P.C Kanagbaro vented out about the poor health condition in the country stating that in the whole of the Tonkolili district with 347,147 people there are only three doctors who spend much of their time out side the district on workshops.
He called for a national strategic plan describing that “ It is only in Sierra Leone that has no plan for the next five or ten years unlike countries like Japan who have a plan for the next 200 years whilst America talks of their American dream”
“ Are we a nation, do we have a future or care about the future, are we a nation” he asked Also , the Paramount chief spoke about the unstructured construction of buildings in the city, the poor roads, the shanty houses and the congestion as appalling.P.C Kanagbaro further commented that “
We need development in the country and we need highly thinking people who will sit down and come up with a plans to see that we have good medical school and we need good planning officers who will sit down and look at our resources and bring in the multiplying effect in our economy”