Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Price Control, Education, Lawfulness Top Citizens' Agenda

Though the results of the November 17 elections are yet to be announced by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to determine those who will steer the administration of the country for the next five years, many citizens across the country have expressed their expectations from the next government to promote the well-being of the country.

Sallay Turay, a trader at the King Jimmy Market, said she is looking forward to see that the next government to be announced by NEC ensures that price control is strictly maintained because it is one of the major problems facing them. She said with this control in place, the new government will help them to market their goods under a very favourable condition.

According to Rugiatu Turay, a pupil of St. Joseph's Convent Secondary School, what most students want from the new government is to put education as its topmost priority in its programmes for overall development of the country.

"We hope and pray that the level of education will grow to a better height so that the number of school dropouts will reduce. Even though some of my companions are seeing the 6-3-4-4 as a time-wasting effort but if the government could look into it properly, it can be favoured by many as a way of avoiding failures in public exams," Turay said.

A nurse attached to the Connaught Hospital, Dankay Kamara, said that as they have been encouraged by the past government, it is her hope that the next government will continue the good job and also maintain the free healthcare initiative.

Sallay Conteh, a trader at Abacha Street, said it is their hope that the new government will build a market for them to enable them sell in a decent environment rather than on the road side where they are faced with several constraints.

A police officer, Peter Saidu, said he expects the new government to uphold the peace every Sierra Leonean has been enjoying as they are ready to work towards maintaining law and order.

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