Bio Throws Bombshell


President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio at the weekend paid a thank you visit to his home village of Tihun in the Bonthe district.

Addressing a rapt audience of his people in a mixture of his mother tongue Mende and the national lingua franca Krio, President Bio, who said his visit was to thank them for voting him into power, lamented that Tihun and Jong Chiefdom lack any good road linking to the rest of the country, adding that it seemed that Bonthe district had been cut off from the rest of the country. The President therefore assured that under his administration, the road from Bo to Mattru Jong through Tihun would be constructed to first class standard.

While passionately appealing to his people to embrace his administration, President Bio on behalf of his party, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) also asked his people to support the SLPP Government which, he said, stands for the ordinary man and woman.

The President touched on the sensitive issue of some former government officials having taken monies that belonged to the state and the people of this country which, he said, is the subject of current investigations by a Commission of Inquiry, a pending forensic audit by Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) and robust recovery actions by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). President Bio asserted that those who took the monies being investigated thought they were safe but assured that all monies would be recovered to a loud applause from the audience.

President Bio also harped on the free education scheme that kicks off in the new academic year that starts this September and described it as progress. He disclosed that at the end of August, the government would remit all school fees and admission fees to all schools to ease the burden on parents and guardians. The President therefore strictly warned all school authorities not to ask for those fees from parents, guardians and pupils.

Every child should be able to go to school, President Bio emphasized, adding that for the 2018/19 school year, the government will provide books and in the following 2019/20 school year, the government will make provision of uniforms.

President Bio called on his people to understand that he is President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and that it is incumbent upon him to visit the entire country to thank his constituents, noting that since he would be very busy with state engagements, his people must understand that they would not be seeing him frequently.

On claims by the former All People’s Congress (APC) Government that they left money in the national kitty, President Bio said what they met was a big debt hole. “We have to start from scratch,” he said, adding that there would be no excuse his government not to deliver on the goods and services that the people need to live better lives.

“Yes”, he said, “we will deliver this country; yes, we will make the difference; yes, we will succeed; yes, we will take this country to higher heights.”