Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Youths Have Been Neglected - SLPP MP Alleges

Member of Parliament representing Constituency 76 in the Bo District under the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) Thursday scolded President Ernest Bai Koroma for neglecting the youth despite his earlier promise to dedicate his final term in office to them.

While making his contribution during the debate on the 2013 Appropriation Bill, Hon. Bashiru Silikie stated that the budget allocated to the Youth Employment and Sports Ministry is too small because, as he put it: "It will [not] support intending programmes for most of the youth across the country, especially those in the rural areas".

"The president told us here in December that he will dedicate his final term to the youth of this country but that has not been reflected in the 2013 budget allocated to the Ministry of Youth Employment and Sports. The 2013 budget for the ministry is Le4.7 billion and it is meant only for the office of the Permanent Secretary and sports programmes, among others and not for youth," he noted.

According to the SLPP MP, President Koroma is not serious about addressing the many problems faced by young people because he is yet to nominate a substantive Minister of Youth Employment and Sports.

He maintained that the National Youth Commission has not created any project for the youth since its establishment during the first-term of the All People's Congress government.

"There is nothing in the 2013 budget with regards projects for the youth. Those in the provinces could not afford to buy agricultural tools because the prices keep increasing on a daily basis," he added.

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