Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has on Friday, 20th July, 2018 launched the New Direction magazine at State House in Freetown.
The magazine outlines the first 100 days achievements of President Julius Maada Bio’s government.
“We feel honoured to invite you all to the official launch of the New Direction magazine,” Vice President Jalloh told journalists.
He said the magazine catalogued a successful one hundred days in office, adding further that the magazine captures all their achievements and provides answers to questions intended to be asked by journalists and other Sierra Leoneans.
Records show that this move is a novelty in the country’s history to launch an intellectually educative magazine.
“The magazine is fully solidified with rich content/s and high professionalism,” said Tanu Jalloh, State House’s Communications Manager who also doubles as the Editor of the magazine.
Referencing the New Direction people’s manifesto, State House’s Press Secretary-Yusuf Keketoma Sandi said, “in his forward to the Sierra Leone People’s Party Manifesto, 2018, as then Presidential Candidate, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio writes that: “Our New Direction therefore offers the people of Sierra Leone a stark choice between the current ‘Business as Usual Status Quo’ of the APC that has converted Sierra Leone into a land of poverty, rampant corruption, gross indiscipline and underdevelopment and the SLPP’s New Direction’s promise of efficient and effective management of the state that will make Sierra Leone a significantly better country through inclusive politics, inclusive economic growth, inclusive development and inclusive governance.”
According to the Press Secretary, the aforesaid ‘stark choice’ has been made ever-glaring by the economic burden left by the All People’s Congress Government: external debt amounting to US$1.6 billion, domestic debt amounting to Le4.99 trillion, an exploded payroll of Le2 trillion, Government arrears to local contractors and vendors amounting to US$1.4 billion or Le10.7 trillion, the suspension of the Extended Credit Facility by the International Monetary Fund and the suspension of the operations of Shandong Steel as the major exporter of iron ore.
With such inheritance by the Government of President Julius Maada Bio, the priority within the First 100 Days has been to pursue fiscal consolidation focusing mainly on enhancing domestic revenue mobilization and expenditure rationalization to restore macroeconomic stability.
Despite the Government’s impressive measures on economic recovery, the achievements within the First 100 Days in governance including the historic reading of the Supplementary Government Budget on 13th July, 2018 have shown a Government which is truly a New Direction. The achievements can be divided into four categories: Transforming the Economy; Human Development; Improving Governance and Improving Infrastructure.
The ceremony brought together Government Ministers and other professional heads from Ministries, Departments and Agencies.