Pressure Mounts On Bio

 

Over 500 members of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) at home and abroad are reported to be pressuring President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Wonnie Bio for mouth-watering for jobs.

It is truism that the greatest existential problem facing Sierra Leone and all developing countries is not so much that of having bread and butter on the table, but the ability to earn money in order to be able to put bread and butter on the table.

In the exact sense of the word, with the now ruling SLPP having been out of power for the last eleven years and many of its members were not in the good books of the erstwhile All People’s Congress (APC) Government, they were left unemployed and are now looking with hungry eyes at President Julius Maada Bio to relieve their decade-long unemployment stress.

According to report, President Maada Bio, who is at present out of the country attending the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting, is under intense pressure from within and without the party to consider many jobless members for appointments in his administration.

With over 500 top SLPP stalwarts keen to get cushy jobs in the new administration that will help them transform their years of strain into ease and plenty, there is reported lobbying within the corridors of the party headquarters and State House for jobs. For those who have reportedly come from the Diaspora seeking greener pastures in the land that they left many years back, they speak of how economic conditions have become in the West with well paid jobs very hard to come by as unemployment reaches record high in Europe and the United State of America (USA).

President Bio, according to report, cannot afford to ignore the needs of desperate party stalwarts who stood by him through thick and thin morally, financially and physically whilst the party was in opposition and living a hand-to-mouth life. At the same time, the President, who during his campaign promised to make government leaner and more efficient, cannot afford to meet the demands of all his unemployed stalwarts seeking for jobs, given that he has pronounced that this is the worst financial period Sierra Leone is going through since independence which calls for belt tightening and cutting down of expenditure.