Hardship bites Mama Salone
Faces of ordinary Sierra Leoneans grow twisted owing to untold and unsolved hardship in society.
It is no secret that a cup of rice is now sold at Le 900- quarter dollar.
That apart, a good number of homes go to bed without food.
A case to mention is the number of families toeing lines in the streets of Freetown as beggars fending for their living.
Facts have it that the youths complain of unemployment; some have been left without option, but to turn out to be cart pushers ‘omolankeh’ riders.
Of course, we need not mention the serialized introduction and imposition of variety of taxes by both the National Revenue Authority (NAR) and Local Councils at respective provincial towns, including Freetown.
As at year ending 2007, the exchange rate of the dollar to the Leone was at Le 2,000 – Le 2,300. To date, it has risen to Le 4,400.
It is revealed that monies collected as Goods and Services Tax (GST) are directed for use elsewhere.
Again, and even though officials of government attribute Sierra Leone’s increased hardship as a thing of global concern, it is apparent that by mid 2011, a bag of rice will be sold at hundreds of thousands of Leones.
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