By Abubakarr Harding
APC Presidential Flagbearer, Dr. Samura Kamara, presented his One Nation Manifesto to staff and students of the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) during which he dilated on the ten key pillars of his One Nation Manifesto which was warmly received by the students and all present at the event in Makeni.
Speaking at the event, the APC Flagbearer emphasized on certain things and priority which he believes will be of greater essence to the students and by extension the general public ranging from the need for a small Government, living wage, social mobility, gainful employment, monetary and fiscal stability, national unity, and effective economic zones to spur growth, improve human capital, digitize the economy and make Sierra Leone more competitive.
He added that, he has got a better vision for the nation which he wants to roll out should he be given the mandate in the June 24th General Elections.
The event and sessions created a greater opportunity for the students to interact with Samura Kamara as they were highly engaged in a meaningful dialogue about the future of Sierra Leone and how he can be of a good choice as well as a great leader.
Students at the event revealed deep feelings of seeing the zeal in Kamara to lead the nation. Many of their points towards understanding the ten key pillars and how they work were satisfactory dealt with as was confessed by them.
The All People’s Congress (APC) party manifesto pledges to provide free technical vocational education as a means of investing in the nation’s citizens.
Unveiled on May 29th, 2023, the party’s ‘One Nation Manifesto’ highlights ‘accelerating investment in our people’ as one of its top ten priorities, emphasizing the party’s commitment to skill development.
The manifesto outlines the party’s intention to collaborate with public-private partnerships to secure funding for technical education, thus relieving the strain on public resources. Additionally, the APC plans to review and enhance the student loan scheme to improve access to higher and technical education for children from low-income households.
Furthermore, the party recognizes that investing in citizens’ health is crucial.
The manifesto promises increased access to affordable, high-quality health services, a well-trained healthcare workforce, a reduced reliance on foreign health tourism, lower rates of maternal and infant mortality, and improved sexual and reproductive health for women and girls.
To ensure accountability, the manifesto proposes the establishment of monitoring and delivery teams at the district level to track and address issues within the medical sector.
Addressing food security, the APC commits to increasing investment in agriculture by allocating over 10% of the total expenditure budget. This funding will support initiatives to boost rice production, other food crops, poultry, livestock, and cash crops. Additionally, the party aims to collaborate with financial institutions to design agricultural-friendly financial products that align with the planting cycle, facilitating access to finance for smallholder farmers.
The manifesto also emphasizes the need to collaborate with the private sector to improve rural infrastructure, including roads, storage facilities, and cold chains, in order to minimize post-harvest losses.
Recognizing the people as the nation’s greatest resource, the manifesto underscores the party’s commitment to enhancing productivity through education and skill development, prioritizing good health and healthcare, promoting agriculture and food security, providing social protection for marginalized populations and vulnerable groups, improving housing and informal settlements, and fostering sports development. Women’s empowerment is also highlighted as a key focus of these endeavors.