THE NATIONAL VISION FOR SIERRA LEONE
BY HASSAN L BAYOH, 2 CAULKER STREET WELLINGTON
TELEPHONE – 076 – 661425
My name is Hassan Lansana Bayoh, Popularly known as King Hassan Bayoh.
It’s a great Pleasure to me to take part in this all important national vision competition as it has always been my dream to make my abilities visions for Sierra Leone known to people who mighty need it most. My thanks therefore go to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for introducing such a topic for competition.
My National vision for Sierra Leone now reads: first of all I would like to see United Sierra Leone with an ever lasting Peace and Development.
A Sierra Leone with 100% Patriots and Philanthropists. A Sierra Leonean with total Unity freedom and Justice devoid of corruption, Tribalism, Nepotism and the likes.
A Sierra Leone with the capital city of Freetown relocate to a vats land which
Freetown remains the commercial city.
A Sierra Leone with enough employment that goes with reasonable wages and salaries.
A Sierra Leone with 90% literates through out the country, As Sierra Leone with very educated civilized, intelligent, respectful and respectable society, but of course with the preservation of our cultures and traditions.
A Sierra Leone with a complete change of attitudes more especially a departure from lawlessness and other bad habits and behaviors please TRC, allow me now to give you my vision Ministry by Ministry, so as to cover every sector of the society.
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Would like to see a complete appreciation of our local currency the Leone. Hopefully to be at Par with the almighty dollar and the pound Sterling.
Create more National revenue collection basis in order to adequately fund government ministries so as to avoid a donor ridden state governance reports especially discrepancy.
Discovered by government auditors must be made known to the general public re-establishment of commercial Banks in all provincial and District Headquarter towns in the country.
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION.
More diplomatic Missions established abroad in order to create more International
Cooperation as well as seek the interest of Sierra Leonean in the respective countries.
Introduce Public Relations Departments in all our embassies abroad in order to promote the good image of the country in the Diaspora
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLGY
My Vision for this sector of the society is to see s Sierra Leone with a complete free primary free education in order to rapidly educate educate the country.
Adult Education Centers for illiterate adults be open through the country establish University colleges in all the regions of the country. Science and Technology researches be established in Universities and other scientific organizations for new interventions of products instead of just indulging in repairs maintenance and imitations.
MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC PLANNING.
As the name implies, this ministry should act as the mother of the development of this state should ensure that in the next 10 years, Sierra Leone is rated amongst the development countries of the world.
Should constantly lobby the outside world to bring develop projects in the country. Activities of International Non – Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) be properly nominated to avoid NGO’s doing business with goods cleared on duty free concessions as well as avert bringing in dangerous goods. Establishment of the development Ministry branches in all the District of the country in order to monitor and advise on the development and economic planning of the District, hence we are now entering a country of decentralization.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND SANITATION
Wish to see a Sierra Leone with cheaper and well equipped Hospitals in all regional and district Headquarter town in the country in a bid to acquired health for all in few years time.
Admitting health centres with qualified community health officers establishment in all chiefdom Headquarter towns with the availability of Ambulances to take special care for HIV/AIDS, Maternity and Children’s Affairs cities of Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Koidu be cleaned with no fifth on the streets
MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TECHNICAL MANTENANCE
Construction of very good and wide roads in the country especially between regional and district headquarters towns.
Bridges over the Lungi River for a road link between Freetown and the International
Airport construction of Feeder roads to and from all Villages.
Construction of sky scrapers all over the capital city and provincial cites especially government.
MINISTRIES AND PARASTATALS
Construct few fly over in Freetown to ease the traffic congestion
Re –surface and tar all streets and roads in the rural areas of the city and also in all regional and district Headquarter Towns.
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
Visioning Sierra Leone establishing State farms to grow food for self sufficiency through Mechanical cultivation especially at savannah grasslands farmers be encouraged to maintained and grow more cash crops fruits and vegetable for the country for that purpose, SLMB be re – established fruit dinks be produced in the country on a large technological scale.
For the sake of avoiding major deforestation more trees be planted in affected parts of the country.
MINISTRY OF LANDS, COUNTRY PLANNING AND THE ENVIROMENT
Low cost housing estates are constructed in the capital and provincial cities to be loaned to citizens. Town Planning be vigorously pursued to avoid people destroying the beauty of the cities.
In order to widened the cities citizens be given the opportunity to lease and developed state Lands.
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
Visioning Sierra Leone owing over 20 Modern Aircrafts and 20 Modern ships plying the world routes form country to country with our national colors.
Provision of enough city and town service Buses in Freetown, Bo , Kenema, Makeni and Koidu Availability of provincial Bus Services to and from all district Headquarters towns.
Provision of safe and easy sea transport to ply the oceanic coastal routes form the Kambia district to the Pujehun District with safety grades.
Telephone (Land) Mobile and Internet Facilities be established through out the country would like the re – establishment of domestic flights
MINISTRY OF MINERAL RESOURCES
Re- Establishment of the Iron ore, Bauxite and Rutile Mining Companies.
Establishment of a giant oil drilling company.
Establishment of a serious and credible Diamond and Gold Mining Companies.
Encourage gold and diamond Miners, dealers and experts to pass all their gems through government encourage indigenous alluvial diamond miners, so that citizens can enjoy their natural gift form the almighty God.
MINISTRY OF LABOUR, SOCIAL SECURITY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Make available about 90% employment for the citizens of this country. Enforce work permit for Aliens and monitor their movements while in the country. Social Security is extended to not only the working class but the unemployed as well. No matter how little but they must be given Social allowances to keep them going until they get jobs encourage good working relationship between employees and employers in all sectors. Re – established employment exchanges throughout the country to register and know the total number of the unemployed in country as well as seek jobs for interest citizens
MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
As Justice delayed is justice denied, I would like all the courts to expedite all cases, in order to be fair to all citizens
Magistrate Courts be established in all District Headquarter towns in the country in order to speed the cases for speedy trials.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) stays and be maintained for good under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice in order to handle and speak the truth in civil conflict especially community family and Matrimonial case and do reconciliation for the conflicting parties.
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
Security must be beefed up in all the regional of the country. Security at all border crossing points must be intensified. Military Barracks be established in all provincial Headquarter towns.
Credibility of the Army must try to reach the highest peak my vision is to trained more soldiers form time to time to meet any future challenges.
Establishment of self sustainable revenue generating sections within the army such as Military Hotels, Military Farms and Military Low-cost Housing estate projects etc. confined all soldiers to their Barracks or work places only to move about when and where necessary.
MINSTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.
Encourage all paramount chiefs in the country to establish more income generating projects in their respectively chiefdom to be self financing.
Introduction of annual conference of Paramount chiefs in order to contribute to the government of the central government as well as put across problems affecting their chiefdoms train and increase the numbers of chiefdom Police to handles wayward and lawless people re-installation of major in Freetown and all the provincial cities.
Re-establishment of district councils to handles all development projects in all the district provide huge and specious markets in Freetown and provincial Headquarter towns.
MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND POWER
Complete the Bumbuna Hydro Electric Project in the shortest possible time to free Freetown form the chronic blackout and at the same time promote the Northern
Province with the same Bunbuna Hydro.
Maintain the light system in Bo and Kenema make available electricity in all other district Headquarter town.
Provide purified and clean pipe borne drinking water in all the cities, district and chiefdom headquarter towns very clean and purified water.
Well in all villages in the country. All services must be paid for no matter how small in order to ensure continuity.
MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Police must intensify their role to keep the peace look after the lives and property of the citizens.
Police presence be beefed smuggling of our minerals and foodstuffs. Credibility of the police be completely restored like in the 60s and 70s, when children used to be scared away by threats of police presence.
Lets good treatment be extended to prisons but with hard labor at state farms like Masanki and other oil palm estates etc. of course they must be accompanied by heavy security of prison officers. All prisons yards in the whole country standard be up gadded to meet international standard, establishment of fire force branches in all the regional headquarter towns. Above all force all and sundry to respect to law and order.
MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CULTURE
Establishment of Tourism and Culture Centers in all regional and district Headquarters preservation of natural and man made touristic centers in the country, Viz: Bonth island, Banana Island, Nine lakes of Bum slave cave at parcel post in Freetown, War Bunker route at FBC, white wash sand beach at No. 2 River, Lumley Beach, National Park in the Tambaka chiefdom and a sinked olden days slave ship at Pepel etc.
Complete maintenance of our traditional and cultures introduce National annual competitions for cultural productions and performances. Cultural dances and devils.
Establish more Hotels especially in the provincial Headquarter Towns so as to be able to host International Conferences football and other competitions such as African Nations Cup, etc. in not only Freetown but Bo, Kenema and Makeni.
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL WELFARE, GENDER AND CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS
Re-establishment of approved schools in all provincial and district Headquarter in order to tame wayward children.
Establishment of confined centers for street Beggars, Lay bouts and the abandoned.
Establish mental homes in the provinces as well to take care of all lunatics in their regions.
Construct community centers in all district Headquarters to take care of their social activities and welfare. All religious organizations in the country be properly registered and recognized addressed of all their churches, Mosques, temple and Synagogues through out the country must be given to the ministry
MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
Advertise and find international markets for our locally made products. It will be very proper to introduce perform International
Exhibition of our said local products form country to country encourage more industries.(small scale and large) in the country.
Enforcement of street trading laws as well as whole sale and retail business act.
Encourage the establishment of more business in the country.
Ministry should try its utmost best to avoid the interrellent shortages of petroleum products and food stuffs especially rice.
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING
SLBS 99.9 Radio Station is up graded to a very powerful radio station that will transmit to the world over.
Provision of a very powerful television station to serve the whole country and beyond.
Community radio stations be establish in all district headquarters towns In order to explain government policies in the lingual franca and local languages of the various communities equip and re – establish the news Agency and
The government daily newspaper preferably the government daily mail. Encourage the publications of only credible independent newspaper that will publish responsible and objective colored news papers re – introduce government information and different radio stations
MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS
Construct modern stadiums like the national stadium in all regional Headquarters in a bid to co – host or host international competitions like the World Cup, Africa Nations Cup common wealth games, Olympic games, etc. etc. Sensitization of the citizens to love not only football but various other sporting activities where the country take part in all the International games and sports competitions in and out of the country.
Establishment youth centers and courage the jobless and idle ones to train and help themselves.
MINISTRY OF PARLIAMENTARY AND POLITICAL AFFAIRS
As I visited this ministry ensures that parliamentarians live up to their statuses make available office space accommodations for each member of parliament within the precincts of the parliament building as well as loan them with vehicles to avoid being humiliated in public transportation and also visit their forms and constituencies from time to time.
Organizations of Programmed, workers and seminar to sensitized and educate political parties on past, present and future political affairs from time to time.
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
In order to seek the interest and fight for the public this ministry must be re – established.
Versioned this ministry liaising with the authorities concerned to encourage and fight for the public who suffer in the powerful and advantage few. Establishment of the public Affairs branches or representatives in regional and districts headquarter towns to handle and address all public out cries,
Article – Faithfully Submitted by
Hassan Lansana Bayoh Commonly known as King Hassan Bayoh.
# 2 E Caulker Street Wellington.