Bio Compassionate – Ambassador Wurie

Describing his boss, as somebody that is keenly aware of the suffering of the majority of the people he rules that he has promised to deliver by any means necessary, Ambassador at large and special adviser to His Excellency President Bio, Dr. Bond Wurie has said that the President and his ‘New Direction’ government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the country and its people’s development narrative is transformed into something bright and glorious.

Amb. Wurie said that taking the decision to impose the curfew and the inter-district lockdown were very hard decisions for the President, but being a leader who believes in consultation and going by expert advice, he said the President had no option to take them even though he was fully aware of the hardship that it will impose on his people, especially the provincials.

Amb. Wurie furthered that it was with a feeling of great relief that the President made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon that the situation now permits him to relax the curfew and to lift the inter-district lockdown because WHO say we have to live with the disease for at least another year until a vaccine is found for it. Thus, thinking about the livelihood of his people, he said, the President made the announcement.

Ambassador Wurie noted that because the President feels keenly for his people, that is why he did not follow the one-size-fit-all prescription to lockdown the county for weeks and months as other countries did but engaged in three days lockdowns.

Along that line, Amb. Wurie stated that easing of the night curfew and opening of the provincial roads will aid the survival of a lot of people by facilitating the free movement of passengers and goods.

He pointed to the section of the President’s statement during Tuesday’s press briefing when the President said that in all their decisions they have aimed to save lives whilst working to sustain livelihoods support to the most vulnerable, and keep the key economic and human capital development sectors healthy.

As such, it should be noted that more than 30, 000 vulnerable and disabled people during the lockdown received cash transfers as survival kits from the government through the National commission for Social Action (NaCSA) with support from the World Bank and other international donor partners.

The Special Adviser said continued financial support to the country is based on the confidence that partners have in the leadership of the President to tackle corruption, strengthen public financial management whilst promoting public service and state governance reforms and supporting decentralization.

Now and after COVID-19, Amb. Wurie assured the nation that the President and his government will continue to robustly implement national development programmes outlined in the country’s 2019 to 2023 medium tern development plan.

He pointed out that it is not only Sierra Leone that has been adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19 but the entire world. Therefore, he said, the entire world needs patience to recover. Once things return to normal, the people can be confident that the President will not relent in his quest for freedom from poverty and want for his people. For example, for the first time, his government has started paying Mayors, Chairpersons, Paramount Chiefs and Councilors salaries

“Things are happening,” Amb. Wurie said, adding, “just that people have to be patient and work together towards the common good confident that at the end of the day, we shall see improvements.”

He said investments continue on building roads, improving the energy sector in renewing of electricity transmission and distribution lines and provision of electricity to the townships of Karene, Kabala, Kailahun, Moyamba and Pujehun.

Investments, he said, will continue to be made in improving and transforming the agricultural, educational, health, justice and social safety net systems.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Wurie appealed to the nation to heed to the president’s advice that COVID-18 is still with us and is a deadly disease. “We should continue to use face masks in public spaces and report illnesses to the health authorities,” he stated.

The President he said, called for us as a nation to exercise patience, come together as one and work in consonance with our him  and his government in moving forward the country’s development agenda with the understanding that at the end of the day, it takes all Sierra Leoneans, irrespective of tribe, region, religion, political party or socioeconomic standing pulling in the same direction that will move the country that we all love so dearly towards the goal of share prosperity.