By KABS KANU :
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. There is no true Sierra Leonean who is not proud at the brilliant manner President Ernest Bai Koroma has transformed Sierra Leone from a stone age country to one of the most modern and beautiful in West Africa. Before President Koroma came to power in 2007, Sierra Leone was the citadel of backwwardness in the Sub-continent.
Not only was there no electricity or water supply and not only was the capital , Freetown the darkest city in the world ; infrastructure were dilapidated and ramshackled. Roads were filled with potholes and thick mists of dust that rose with the passing of every vehicle coated buildings and poles. There was hardly a serious radio station or TV service .The farmlands in the interior lay in waste as agriculture had been abandoned .Mining had ground to a halt . Disappointment, discouragement and despair hung thickly on the nation like a pall. There was no hope for the Sierra Leonean people . The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) had done nothing for them .
Only five years after President Koroma came to power, there has been a dramatic transformation in the country. Sierra Leone is now an architectural beauty and an artist’s delight. Modern roads and state-of-the-art architecture span the city and the hinterland. If ever our country was beautiful, it is now that this beauty is glowing to the pride of all Sierra Leoneans. Not only that , Sierra Leone now has radio and TV service that are the envy of other West African nations as the SLBC is heard and SLBC/TV is viewed all over the world .Agriculture has been revived and Sierra Leone is making steady progress towards self-sufficiency in food production. There are mining activities all over the country with attendant availability of jobs. Of course, Sierra Leone now enjoys unlimited flow of electricity and the Bumbuna Electricity Dam has been completed.
The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) has a monumental mountain to climb to convince the people of Sierra Leone and the international community that the Ernest Koroma Government has done nothing for the nation since its took the reins of power via democratic elections in 2007. Pictures do not lie and they tell the story of a thousand words. The Sierra Leonean people are quite right to say that “De Pa don really woke ” ( Translated : “The Boss” -meaning the President – “has really done his assignment ” ).
WE BRING YOU THE PHOTOS THAT THE SLPP WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE YOU SEE BECAUSE THEY CLEARLY EXPOSE THEIR LIES AND DIRTY POLITICKING , EVIL AND DECEITFUL PROPAGANDA AND THEIR FOOLISHNESS NOT TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT PRESIDENT KOROMA HAS ACHIEVED FOR THE NATION. Photos courtesy of the Salone Sledge Hammer
THIS IS NOT HAWAI, LAS VEGAS OR RIO DE JANEIRO . THIS IS CONGO CROSS IN THE NEW FREETOWN UNDER PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA
THE NEW FREETOWN UNDER PRESIDENT KOROMA : THE CONGO CROSS BRIDGE
THE OUTSKIRTS OF FREETOWN