The Members of Parliament representing Constituency 004 in the Kailahun district, Hon. Sarty Banya said the people of Kailahun district have asked him to express gratitude to President Julius for his developmental strives in the district.
He explained that in the last three years, President Bio has supported parents and pupils of the district with his government’s free quality education, adding that the introduction of school buses as part of the free quality education is a novelty in the district, which has never happened.
According to him school enrollment has increased, noting that the rate of dropout has reduced drastically.
He disclosed that the decentralization of examination centers to Chiefdom levels is a Mile stone in the history of education in the country.
Listening to him, before now pupils have to travel long distance to locate examination centers but that has been issue of the past.
Hon. Banya said decentralization, recruitment of security officers is now a new norm but in the past it was focused in one region.
He pointed out that it’s very difficult to see people who are physically challenged begging in the streets of Kailahun, noting that majority of them have engaged themselves to farming and commercial activities compared to other districts.
He lauded the previous government for the introduction of free health care system in the country, adding that President Bio’s led government has extended project to disabled and Ebola victims.
He made the statement during the debate on the Motion of thanks on the Speech delivered by His Excellency the President, on the occasion of the State Opening of the Fourth Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone, in the Chamber of Parliament.
In his contribution, Hon. Emmanuel Saidu Conteh opposed Government for “preventing citizens from enjoying their rights to free speech and protests in the country”. Commending President Bio for the fishing harbour, and speaking on high taxations, he observed that the President did not mention anything in his Speech about the incidents at Pademba Road Prison and Tombo.
Hon. Aiah David Kassegbama thanked President Bio and spoke on the need of decentralizing agriculture devoid of limitations to certain areas. He called for improvements in the health sector with a view to reducing mortality rates in the country.
In similar line, Hon. Emilia Lolloh Tongi, an Independent MP from Kailahun lauded the efforts of President Bio especially for the Free Quality Education, and the Hands Off Our Girls Campaign initiated by his wife, Mrs Fatima Bio for improving girls education and enrollment in schools without missing classes due to menstruation. She also called on Government to come up with concrete measures to free Yenga from a neighborly grip.
Extending felicitations to President Bio from her constituents, she praised Government for passing gender sensitive laws aimed at protecting women and children in the country.