UN Lauds President Koroma for implementing the Agenda for Change
The United Nations Peace Building Commission has yesterday 8th March 2010 lauded President Ernest Bai Koroma for the achievements made by his government in governance in a very short time since he assumed office.Â
Making a statement at State House on a courtesy call on the President, the Executive Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Michael Schulenburg, thanked President Koroma for the progress made under the â€˜Agenda for Changeâ€™, thus registering the total commitment and support of the UN Peace Building Commission to Sierra Leone and to the â€˜Agenda for Changeâ€™.
The Commission, the UN ERSG maintained, is focusing on three broad issues; namely, youth employment, governance, and peace building.
Welcoming the delegation, President Koroma thanked the Commission for its support to the â€˜AgendaÂ for Changeâ€™. He said, â€œWe have made some strides in promoting the â€˜Agenda for Changeâ€™ as in the areas of education, energy and water resources, agriculture, health care delivery, infrastructure, to name just a few,â€ acknowledging the support of the UN Peace Building Commission to the â€˜Agenda for Changeâ€™, and reiterating the need for more support in order to meet the challenges.
With the first phase of Bumbuna now completed, the Head of State said government is presently working on improving thermal power generation in the country, noting that â€œWe have a clearly defined road-map for all hydro potential in the country.â€
Â He cited governmentâ€™s road infrastructure drive in a bid to connect the country internally as well as to neighbouring countries, also noting the strides in agriculture as government is encouraging the private sector to invest in agricultural productivity. â€œWith the total involvement of all and sundry, we will be able to overcome poverty and be self-sufficient in Sierra Leone,â€ he predicted
On the educational sector, the President said plans are at an advanced stage for a reviewing of the entire system, aiming at the provision of quality and affordable education for all, especially the girl-child. On the pending free health care delivery for lactating mothers, pregnant women and children under the age of five, the President said â€œWe are preparing the resources ready to implement the policy from 27th April this year. A lot of work is going on to see that we motivate nurses, doctors and other supporting staff in the health sector so that they will be able to stay home and serve their country of birth diligently.â€ Â
Speaking on the recent political violence during the bye-elections at Tongo Fields, eastern Sierra Leone, President Koroma said the police and other law enforcement agencies are currently looking into the matter, making it categorically clear that all those responsible will face the full penalty of the law.Â
Touching on youth empowerment, President Koroma reassured the UN team that his administration will reform the critical state of the youths of Sierra Leone: â€œWe need to prepare the youths for the job market by transforming them into skilled and self-reliant citizens.â€
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