Over the last fifty years, we had seemed the country had gone worse; Sierra Leone is on the brink of bankruptcy. As the current president said, “the country is in a diabolical state and with the Ebola crisis; we cannot cope as a country”. Is there any hope for our country?
We aim to restore the pride of the nation back to her former glory when Sierra Leone was the pinnacle of Africa; which most of the Sierra Leoneans could not remember; feels like a distant memory. We will turn things around and allows the citizens to enjoy the riches of the land.
We will create jobs for the youth, the unemployed and everyone making the nation as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. We will get back our national finances back under control; become a producer rather than a country depending on aid. We will have our deficit as a share of our economy. The jobs we will create will put more people into work more than ever before in our history. Sierra Leone will be back on its feet, strong and growing stronger than ever before. We will become the giant of Africa.
This will not happen by accident. It will be the result of difficult decisions and of patiently working through our long-term economic plan. Above all, it will be the product of a supreme national effort, in which everyone will have to make sacrifices and everyone will play their part in creating a brand new nation.
It is a profound Renip belief that our country will be made great again not through the action of government alone, but through the flair, the ingenuity, hard work and scarifice of the Sierra Leonean people – as our fore parent did.
We could be proud of what we will achieve together, as one nation working with RENIP to implement these changes.
Our friends and competitors overseas look at Sierra Leone, and they see a country that is not capable of putting its own house in order, a country on the sliding scale; a nation of poverty. They see a country that does not believe in itself. But our national recovery will work in a progressive way that we have never witnessed or seen before.
So the central questions at any point in time should be:
- How can we create an economic recovery, upon which our ambitions for our country depend on?
- How do we make sure that the recovery benefits every one of our citizens, at every stages of their lives, including the young, adult and old?
- What can I do to support these recoveries?
This Manifesto sets out our plan to do just that. It is a plan for a better future – for you, for your family, for your love ones. It is a plan for every stage of your life by encouraging the younger generation to be able to decipher what is wrong from right by facilitating economic progression . For your new-born baby, there will be the world’s best medical care. For your child, there will be a place at an excellent school for free. As you look for your first job, we are building a healthy economy that provides a good career for you with a decent income. As you look for your home, we will make sure the Government is there to help. As you raise your family, we will help you with childcare. And as you grow older, we will ensure that you have dignity in retirement.
Throughout, we will make sure that if you or your family fall ill, you will always be able to depend on our National Health Service to give you the care you need.
And in an increasingly dangerous and uncertain world, we will fulfil the most basic duty of government – to defend our country and keep it safe.
But all of these things depend on a strong and growing economy. So as you consider how to vote I hope you will ask this:
which party is best placed to keep our economy stronger
The party which is prepared to create change and create a growing economy than what we have seen
A party who will create more jobs since 1920 than the rest of Africa put together
Or the party or parties which have left behind a ruined economy in the past 55 years
Now is the time to build on a Nation, a nation for the people, by the people and with the people. A nation that is proud to be called Sierra Leonean.
This Manifesto is our plan of action – our plan to take our amazing country forward. Above all, it is a plan for you.
I hope you will give it your support, so that together, we can see through the task we have put forward.