A new progress report on President Julius Maada Bio’s 2018 campaign promises has indicated that citizens response about the direction of the country were mixed with 48 percent believe that the country is going in the right direction, 32 percent think the country is going in the wrong direction and 16 percent think the situation is the same as last year.
Bio Meter 2019 was launched by the Institute for Governance Reform (IGR)on Friday in Freetown.
According to the report, those who feel optimistic about the country believe the administration is doing well in fighting corruption (89 percent), and reducing crime (80 percent). There are significant concerns about the government’s effectiveness in managing the economy. Seventy-three percent of the total respondents rated government as ineffective in controlling prices, 52 percent found it ineffective in food provision and 46 percent see it as ineffective in creating jobs.
In putting the report together, experts rated the 556 promises made in President Bio’s Manifesto.
The results of the expert ratings were as follows: about 2.7 percent of the promises were rated as completed; substantial progress was made in 16.7 percent of the promises and limited progress was made in 40.3 percent of the promises. Nearly a third (29.9 percent) of the promises were classified as not done, while 10.4 percent were not rated.
According to the report, the five highest performing sectors are the macro-economy recording 66.7 percent progress (in achieving the results of its promises), marine resources (47.2 percent), fighting corruption (44.4 percent), health and sanitation (41.5 percent) and the financial sector (38.1 percent). The five-worst performing areas are: Executive Authority (22.20 percent), ICT (20.00 percent), Rule of Law Justice and Human Rights (18.20 percent), Decentralisation (11.10 percent), and Security (9.80 percent).
The Executive Director of IGR, Mr Andrew Lavalie said that the Bio-Meter shows that the government has made significant progress on a number of fronts over the past one year, but challenges remain. He noted that the Bio-Meter Committee fully understands the difficulty the administration is going through to restore the economy, create jobs and improve livelihoods.
He said it would be unrealistic to raise expectations to the degree that citizens believe that Sierra Leone’s development challenges can be solved in the life of one administration, noting that this belief has put successive administrations under extreme pressure to employ domination and cooptation to consolidate power as opposed to gaining legitimacy through the delivery of results and consensus building.
Te report made certain suggestion to the Bio’s Administration like government taking deliberate steps to address national cohesion.
“We acknowledge government’s commendable attempts to strengthen human development through commitment to provide two major social services (health and education) for free. A similar trend of committing to what we cannot afford is seen in the energy sector, especially the provision of emergency power supply,” the report advised.