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Last week’s decision to reduce the pump price of various fuel products and reduced transportation costs, should help ameliorate the impact of high costs of living for most households.

Corruption is being tackled head-on by the Anti-Corruption Commission, bringing public officials to account and getting them to pay back monies they stole.

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The government’s Free Education programme, launched a few months ago and last week’s unveiling of books and other learning materials for schools – costing Le221 billion is a huge achievement for a government that has prioritized education.

On Thursday, 10th January 2019, President Bio officially opened the ‘Second Cabinet Retreat for Ministers and Civil Servants’ organized by the Office of the Chief Minister, at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown.

“The objectives of this political and administrative retreat are targeted to review the eight strategic priority programmes, and to build a strong positive high performing connective between ministers and civil servants to deliver on government objectives,” the Chief Minister David Francis informed his audience.

“This retreat also provides the opportunity for ministers to have a first-hand information and knowledge about the performance management contract that they will be signing with the President by 31st January 2019, the Chief Minister said.

Speaking at the opening of the retreat, President Bio did not say how the ministerial performance contracts will work this time round; who will be responsible for managing and monitoring these performance contracts whether it would be the chief minister, or the vice president; and whether he will be publishing ministerial performance reports and how frequent.

However, he informed his ministers and heads of departments that: “Collaboration among ministries must be driven by strategic outcomes. Cooperation among ministries must not only be purposeful and planned, it should also involve strategic review of those relationships at all times. So, what I emphasized in the last retreat was that we must have a shared understanding and the shared ownership of the national priorities as established.

“Our national priorities should be translated into deliverables for the people of Sierra Leone. Historically, there has been a discordant between the political and administrative leadership of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA), that has led to the series of challenges that affected our growth. This fractured relationship has had consequences on policy implementation and delivery,” the President said.

He added that “these fractured relationships have had huge performance and governance deficit on MDAs. He used the opportunity to call on all ministers and heads of departments to put their differences aside and work towards a common goal, because the interest of the nation is bigger and more important.

President Bio told the ministers and senior civil servants that corruption is a serious threat to the efficiency of the state, and one that has seriously affected the economic growth and development of Sierra Leone.

He assured that the Commissions of Inquiry will not only be there to discover stolen public funds and properties from former  public officials, but will be there to identify deficiencies in the system and the way government is run.

“We must draw the line on the culture of impunity in this country. Civil and Public Servants must act with integrity, impartiality and fairness. We will not hesitate to deal with anyone going contrary. Now is the time to deliver for the people of Sierra Leone and tell our own stories,” President Bio said.

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