These are achievements for every Sierra Leonean. The
highway to Bo and Kenema is for every Sierra Leonean
irrespective of political party; the Road to Pamelap
is for every citizen irrespective of age; the roads
in Bo, Kenema, Makeni, Kailahun, Port Loko, Kono,
Moyamba, and Pujehun are for everybody irrespective
of ethnic group.
The water supply systems we are constructing and
rehabilitating in district headquarter towns are for
everyone. Services provided by the Free Healthcare
Initiative are for the mothers and children of every
We are establishing agricultural business units in
every chiefdom, and we are providing agricultural
inputs to farmers in every district. We made a
resolution to be a government of nationwide
services; a government of infrastructure and a
government of implementation. And we have acted on
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, our country is undergoing
its greatest transformation since independence.
Forecasts for our country becoming an oil-producing
nation are great, we may soon become the largest per
capita producer of iron ore in the world; we have
landed the fibre optic cable, we are attracting huge
investments in agriculture. Sierra Leoneans should
take charge of this transformation; citizens of this
great nation must be the drivers of this change.
I know we can rise up to the challenge, I believe
in the capacity of Sierra Leoneans to do what they
have resolved to do. In 1996, we decided to reject
men of violence, and we did it; in 2007 we decided
to establish a government of action, and we did it.
I believe the overwhelming majority of the citizens of
this country in every region and every political
party are peaceful, law abiding and development
oriented. I believe in the vision of Sierra Leone as
an innovative, forward-looking donor nation in the
next few decades.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, on this very first day of
2012, I am reiterating my resolution to make this
country live up to its destiny of greatness. We will
continue along the path of progress and development.
We will continue to build the roads.
We will keep on increasing electricity supply, we will
go on with turning farms into businesses, and we
will continue to implement the free health care
initiative. We will go on with rebranding this
country. We will continue to win accolades for our
dedication to development and democracy. We will
continue to lead reforms at the United Nations.
We will go on sharing the blessings of peace by
sending peacemakers to trouble spots in the world.
We will move on with attracting investments,
improving the business climate, creating jobs and
maintaining law and order. We will continue to fight
We will continue to protect the environment and bring
to book those who violate our environmental laws; we
will continue to prosecute those who are involved in
electoral violence; we will continue to stand up for
the common man and woman. We will not be distracted;
we will not turn back; the only option is to move
forward with unrelenting zeal.
Let me also use this occasion to congratulate the
youths of this country for their great contributions
to the development of Sierra Leone. Youths are our
partners in transformation, the pillars of our
actions and the mainstay of our aspirations for a
better Sierra Leone.
We salute your resilience and your talents as
musicians, teachers, traders, students, religious
youths, office workers, riders and drivers. We
applaud your skills and energy as operatives of tele
and video centres, your mastering of the use and
repair of mobile phones and electronic games. We are
heartened by your passionate but peaceful support of
We are with you in your celebrations of youth.
Together we are transforming this nation. Together
we will overcome the challenges posed by a few
youths taking chances with violence and drugs.
Together we will continue along the path of
democracy and sustainable development.
Later this year we shall be organizing presidential,
parliamentary and local government elections. We
must ensure that peace prevails. We must continue to
repudiate violence. We must continue to reject
political campaigns based on intimidation, ethnic
sentiments and retrogression.
Never again must this country surrender itself to
the violent, the law breaker and the extremist. The
government that I lead will not tolerate plots or
acts to push this country towards violence.
Registration of voters for the elections will start
later this month. I call upon all of us to make it a
New Year resolution to register. Registration
enables us to exercise our rights to vote and be
voted for; it shows that we are ready to participate
in the governance of the country, and it is one of
the most profound of the responsibilities of
Come out in your millions to register and send out a
clear message that ballots, rather than bullets must
We have set up the Sierra Leone Conference on
Transformation and Development to facilitate the
process of bringing out all the ideas about how we
are going to achieve this vision of our country
becoming a middle-income country in 25 years and an
advanced donor nation within 50 years.
Make it one of your New Year resolutions to be part of
this movement for a better Sierra Leone. I ask all
of you to act on our collective resolutions for
peace, democracy, and sustainable development. Bring
on your ideas and best practices; make the
resolution now, and rededicate your actions to the
realization of our best aspirations.
I hereby declare the week beginning 16th January as
a week of prayer for Peace, Prosperity and the great
transformation of our beloved country Sierra Leone.
The Muslims will end their week of prayer on Friday
the 20th and the Christians on Sunday the 22nd.
Once again, I congratulate the citizens of this
country for the great strides we are making to build
a better Sierra Leone.
I wish you all a bright and prosperous 2012!
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