Former United Nations Strongman and flag bearer of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella has revealed that Sierra Leone has over 3.8 trillion Leones domestic debt.
He made this statement in a public lecture at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in Freetown on Tuesday 14 February 2018.
“If the economy is not properly managed the country will find itself in a situation comparable to that of Zimbabwe,” Yumkella claimed.
He revealed that the APC government has been misleading the citizens of this country into believing that the economy was growing while the country has a debt of about $1.5 Billion with a 17% inflation rate.
He also said that it was difficult for the private sector to borrow money from banks, as interest rate has shut up to 25%.
He furthered that there is 60-70% youth unemployment in the country which in his words includes university graduates.
NGC Presidential Candidate bemoaned that the last parliamentarians were not doing the things for which they were voted.
“Academic institutions are being politicized. We have to depoliticize them,” he added.
Dilating on gender issues, Yumkella maintained that women leave their works because of violence or intimidation.
He advised women to ensure that they get involve in politics or the wrong people will take control and mess the situation for the upcoming generation.
“In this part of the world, people celebrate the super corrupt people and leave the hardworking people,” he emphasized.
He stated little or nothing has been done to curb corruption as the government has chosen corruption as a way of life.
He challenged the students not to emulate the super corrupt that believe in corruption as a way of life but as people that make meaningful impact in society.
In her opening remarks, Arabella Foray who chaired the program said during their days at Fourah Bay College they enjoyed good facilities but now the students are not benefiting anything from the university.
She said that the college used to be the pride of Africa as it attracted students from different countries in the continent but now the standards have dropped drastically.
She promised that when the NGC takes over power they will address all of the needs of the colleges in the country.
President of the National Grand Coalition FBC, Septimus Sandy said that he chose NGC as a party and Dr. Yumkella as his leader because he believes that the NGC will create a change in the the country and that Dr. Yumkella speaks from his heart.
He said that Dr. Yumkella has promised to bring a change from a realistic point of view rather than from an idealistic point of view of other aspirants.
He advised those present in the discussion that if they do not want Sierra Leone in the wrong side of history, they should vote for Dr. Yumkella.