The National Grand Coalition (NGC) has said that the country is undergoing an economic emergency. This disclosure was made on the 6th November 2019 during a press conference held at the party’s headquarter, Naimbana Street in Freetown.
Dr. Dennis Bright, Chairman of the National Grand Coalition party disclosed that since the conclusion of the elections the NGC has been pursuing its unique style of constructive opposition adding that they have been supporting those policies of government that they consider to be in the best interest of the country and opposing the negative policies and actions that may adversely affect the people of this country.
He noted that they will continue to do so as it is in line with their guiding principle of putting “Country First” in whatever they say or do.
He said that as an opposition party they are committed to defending the interests of millions of voiceless people who continue to suffer in poverty.
Dr. Bright noted that according to the Sierra Leone Constitution political parties are established “to participate in shaping the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, social and economic programmes of a national character.”
He added that in keeping with that the NGC party will therefore engage the Press every month on critical issues and problems affecting the daily lives of the common man.
“Three out of every five Sierra Leoneans today are living below the poverty line and this is the result of many years of decline, mainly due to mismanagement, corruption and bad governance. What we the political leaders need to understand is that the great call for change that we heard from the people in the 2018 election was not merely for a change of Government but for a change from the hardship they have endured for so long,” he underscored.
He said things are getting worse and at a rate that is becoming frightening, adding that there is a school of thought that holds the view that all that is happening today is not new and that with time things will work out as they have always done in the past.
The Chairman also disclosed that currently there is a wave of civil uprising, violent protests and demonstrations against Governments and political establishments that is spreading from one continent to another citing Hong Kong, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Haiti, Egypt, Sudan and Guinea.
He highlighted that people are exposed to external forces to such a point where they could be influenced by these global trends through the impact of the internet and social media.
“It is difficult to tell but we believe that it is better to fix the problem than waiting to find out,” he stated.
He revealed that during these briefings the upcoming media engagements they will be inviting Government officials and other opposition parties, to tell them to put politics aside and collectively consider how rapidly things have deteriorated.
“We at the NGC consider that at this moment our country is facing a state of economic emergency and that no other priority is more urgent now than reducing the burden of hardship on the common man,” he posited.
According to him to understand the cries of the people, the NGC has been studying the rise in the prices of food related items since 2018 and this is what they found out in March 2018:
In its Press Release issued out NGC stated: “There is a déjà-vu school of thought that believes that all that is happening today is not new and that with time things will work out as they have always done in the past. Perhaps they always do until they don’t. Currently there is a wave of civil uprising, violent protests and demonstrations against Governments and political establishments that is spreading from continent to continent: Hong Kong, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Haiti, Egypt, Sudan and Guinea. Is the misery of our people as well as their exposure to external forces at a point where they can be influenced by this global trend through the impact of the internet and social media.