“The attitude of some Government officials is nothing to write home about and I consider it as an act of sabotage”. Femi Claudius Cole is the Chairperson and Leader for Unity Party (UP) in Sierra Leone. Despite not succeeding to win the 2018 Presidential race, she has been very vocal since the current Government was sworn into office, to serve the people. Being a health professional, Femi Cole has traversed the length and breadth of the country not only to spread her dreams and aspirations of a better Sierra Leone, but also to educate the people to be more participatory in governance issues, in order to hold Government accountable to the people. On many occasions during her tours, the UP Leader will express her concern over the poor health condition of people, especially those in deep rural communities noting that now is the time for Government to redouble efforts to redeem Sierra Leoneans from bondage. “I listened to the SLPP manifesto during the electioneering process and I said to myself, this is good and it is what the people need now, urgent action to change their lives, but almost two years in governance the people are crying (di gron dry oh)”. She said she did not know what the statement meant, until she visited the market, and then she realized what the people meant. Femi added that she could recall present Minister of Finance’s assurance on Radio Democracy before the elections that the immediate turn around for the SLPP if elected will be to solve the bread and butter issue that is strangulating the masses.
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She blamed the current state of affairs in the country as a result of high party loyalists by most Government appointed officials who put party interest above nation first, and this is seriously affecting the vision of President Bio. She furthered that they indirectly undermine and sabotage Government and this is responsible for the sky rocketing prices of basic commodities causing many businesses to be strangled by policies of high taxes. In an open letter to President Bio, the Unity Party Leader called on Mr. President to take bold and decisive actions and weed out the wheat from the chaff, for a smaller and more inclusive Government, “The sabotage must stop and people should realize its country first, before party”. She added that the travelling of the President to other countries is to get firsthand experience and learn best practices to be implemented back home, but it seems the status quo of a bloated and ineffective public service continues, and the people are left to the mercy of greedy foreign business investors. Femi Cole urged President Bio to stay home for a while and pay unannounced visits to various MDA’s around the country to assess on how to move forward, from what is available and what needs to be done on short, medium and long term development.
By Ade Campbell
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