After winning the presidential elections, President Ernest Bai Koroma announced that he was going to run the country like a business entity, which means service delivery. In pursuing that, the President held a retreat with both cabinet ministers and their deputies at Bumbuna where he explained his vision for the country. To further prove how serious he means by running the country like a business entity, some ministers on Wednesday signed a year’s performance contract at State House. To know how the President’s vision is welcomed by the people, our reporter Saidu Bah went about the streets to sound people’s views.
The President’s plan to run the country like a business company is a step in the right direction to attract investors into the country for rapid and sustainable development. It is also a good example for ministers and their deputies to sign performance contracts for the sake of transparency and accountability.
The signing of performance contracts by ministers and their deputies is a very good plan because ministers and their deputies will be able to adequately inform the president about their activities including progress and challenges in their ministries. This will also give citizens the opportunity to determine the performance of government’s officials.
This is the first time in the history of Sierra Leone for a president to sign performance contracts with his cabinet ministers and deputies for effective monitoring of government’s activities. I am appealing to the President to publish all performance reports submitted to his office for public views and comments.
Manah David Kargbo
Ministers and their deputies most account for anything they are doing in government. If the President can ask them to sign performance contracts, I think this government means business. However, I want to ask the President not to treat the performance reports lightly because they will help him determine who to sack or retain during his first cabinet reshuffle.
I am sure this government means business because cabinet ministers have signed performance contracts. We hope that those who signed the performance contracts will improve their performances for the development of the country.
I am appealing to the cabinet ministers and their deputies to submit their reports promptly and I also want the President to publish these reports for public awareness.