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Opposition MP praises Finance Ministry for ‘stable economy’ amidst COVID-19

By Mohamed Bangura (Intern)

Deputy Leader of the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) in parliament has praised the Ministry of Finance for doing a good job in maintaining a ‘stable economy’ despite the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

During his contribution to the bill titled: “Appropriation Act 2021” on Tuesday November 24, 2020, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo of Constituency 30 in the Bombali district said: “I agree with the Minister of Finance that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is posing a serious challenge to the country's economy. It is a global phenomenon. The Finance Minister and his team have done a little bit of a good job.”

According to him, the President Bio-led administration believes so much in institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in moving the country’s economy forward. He noted the importance for Sierra Leone to be participating in the global financial system.

The opposition lawmaker reminded Sierra Leoneans that the Coronavirus pandemic is not yet over.

He however expresses frustration over the 6 percent budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, which according to him; is far below the 10 percent indicated in the Maputo Declaration for African Countries and stressed the need for government to invest more in Agriculture.

He called for more budgetary allocations and trainings for Agriculture Officers and Veterinarians. Hon. Ben Kargbo also questioned the delay in the implementation of the school feeding programme introduced by the government and raised serious concerns with regards the massive in the 2020 WASSCE results.

He highlighted the lack of transshipment and monitoring as factors affecting the Fisheries sector and stressed the importance of fisheries in the country.

Also contributing, Hon. Foday Mario Kamara of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) said he was very pleased with the work of the finance ministry and urged parliament to investigate whether monies allocated to MDAs are disbursed and utilized for it intended purpose on time.

Hon. Abdul Kargbo of the APC called on parliament to investigate the massive failure in the recently released 2020 WASSCE results.

Hon. Musa Fofanah of the Coalition for Change (C4C) commended the government for recent ratification of an agreement to enhance rural electrification in district headquarters.

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