Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 December 2019: 2019:
Speaking in Kabala during his a two-day working visit to Koinadugu and Falaba districts – in the far north of Sierra Leone last weekend, President Dr Julius Maada Bio assured some of the poorest communities in the country of his government’s commitment to develop those districts.
In his welcoming address, Paramount Chief Alie Balamansa Marah III, said that he and his people are pleased to receive the President, and commended the president for the numerous jobs given to sons and daughters of his chiefdom, and assured him of his communities’ support for the government.
Koinadugu District Council Chairman – Mr Alex Conteh, said that people in the district are pleased with the government’s free quality education programme, adding that they are also appreciative of the President’s inclusive governance policy that could ensure community cohesion.
Speaking at the Kabala Town Field, President Bio said that Koinadugu is a vital part of Sierra Leone and deserves to be part of the government’s development process.
He said that since his election last year, his government has worked very hard on a lot of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of citizens. In Sierra Leone
“We have done quite a lot within this short period. We have taken education as a priority programme because we care about the future of this country. Investing in our kids is the best way of laying a solid foundation for sustainable development,” he said.
President Bio also said that he is particularly concerned about the welfare of women and girls, and spoke of the government’s commitment to empower women. He said he will be offering a new micro-credit financing scheme to help women become self-reliant and independent.
The president also condemned early marriage, rape and all forms of violence against women and girls.
He said that women constitute a major part of the country’s population and must be allowed to realise their fullest potential, adding that if women are educated, they will contribute greatly to the development of the nation.