Prosperity is not gratis
As the nation graduates from the ‘Agenda for Change’ to that of the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’, it is vital for all to know that we cannot perch ourselves on the fence and expect that every Sierra Leonean will receive an abundance of all the necessities of life.
The overall budget for the implementation of this Agenda is $5 billion. This document is a road map towards achieving our national goals and be transformed into a middle income and subsequently a donor country within the next 25 to 30 years.
The agenda focuses on a firm foundation for a sustainable future of all Sierra Leoneans.
As President Koroma puts it “We prepared this Agenda for Prosperity to guide our collective aspiration to doing more to sustain the transformation of our country…”
Understandably, this document is Sierra Leone’s third generation poverty reduction strategy paper 2013-2018 and it must not be looked at like a platform for political campaigns or a gimmick to retain positions of power. It is a blue print and if followed with utmost sincerity, it will be for the good of our beloved Mama Salone.
It is therefore imperative to work harder with resilience, discipline and a sense of purpose to promote sustainable development and growth. The implementation of this document requires concerted efforts, collaboration and coordination among development partners, government ministries, departments and agencies and private sector actors must not be left out.
Now that we have agreed on a way forward to the prosperity of our country through this all-inclusive document, we must also endeavor to be accountable to it and this means, a robust monitoring and evaluation mechanism must be ensured for a successful implementation of this enviable Agenda for Prosperity.
So you agree with us that prosperity is not a gift of nature?
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