President Julius Maada Bio has today 28th April, 2023, made a visit to the opposition’s stronghold of Port Loko to thank them for their support during his tenure as the Head of State of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
He was accompanied by stakeholders of the northern province who have been supportive to his agenda, most notably, the Hon. Alpha Kanu, a former Executive member of the All People’s Congress Party, who had reportedly tendered his resignation earlier on today.
Speaking, Honourable Alpha Kanu remarked to the people assembled that His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio had been dedicated to fulfilling his promise to complete the forty bed Field Hospital in Lokomasama, to ensure a reduction in the rate of infant and maternal mortality rate.
Alpha Kanu also pointed out President Bio’s securing of a modernized ambulance, to safely transport people to and from the hospital, which was a genuine challenge in the recent past.
He reminded that though President Bio or his immediate relatives might never come in need of the use of the facilities, he had pursued the completion tirelessly with no urging from anyone.
Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Austin Demby explained that President BIo’s narrative of human capital development engulfs the improvement in health and facilities which prompted the construction of a smaller forty bed hospital in Lokomasama despite the larger hospital in Lungi.
He continued that facilities such as the digitally equipped lab, fully stocked pharmacy and theater for surgical procedures, makes this hospital one that is situationally prudent.
President Julius Maada Bio addressing those gathered acknowledged the challenges faced by the people of Port Loko and promised to continue working towards addressing them.
He explained his longtime relationship with the people of the north, reminiscent of his selection of his running mates, in the persons of Dr. Kadie Sesay and current Vice President Juldeh Jalloh who both hail from the Portloko district, Northern province.
He informed the gathering of undertakings such as the newly constructed Lungi terminal, hospitals and newly commisssioned industrial zone all within Portloko and its surroundings, demonstrating his ties and hopes for development of the province.
He emphasized the importance of unity and called on all Sierra Leoneans to put aside their political differences and work together for the betterment of the country, in this case a support for his reelection bid in the June 24th Presidential elections.
Residents of the long-standing opposition stronghold in Sierra Leone welcomed the President and expressed their willingness to work together with the ruling party for the development of the district. They further promised an eighty percent voter turnout in favor of the ruling government of the Sierra Leone People’s party, guaranteeing their continued stay in office.