APC MANIFESTO FOR 2007 ELECTIONS (The Turn Around Agenda For
The All Peoples Congress Party affirms
its belief in the supremacy and inviolability of the constitution of Sierra Leone and
the sovereignty of our people. As a government we are committed to the
strict observance and enforcement of it provisions. We will therefore
conform to the spirit and letter of the constitution.
entered the 21st century as one of the poorest countries at
the bottom of the United Nations Human Development index, a condition
that was exacerbated by an eleven year civil war. But the courage and
resilience of our people, and immense support by the International
Community, presented to Sierra Leone a tremendous opportunity
for change and renewal.
What emerged in the last ten years
however, has been a pathetic and painful picture of socio-economic
decline corruption and generally poor governance.
The challenge of any incoming
government in 2007 will be to reverse this trend, by establishing proper
governance and sustainable development, and generally breaking the
depressing cycle of poverty.
In this regard, the 2007 national
elections present a decisive opportunity to the people of Sierra Leone
to choose the party that will lead the country to the path of progress
and development. That party it is now clear can only be the All Peoples
No nation can function without the
essential elements of peace and stability. An APC government will
therefore rely on its police and military forces for the internal and
external security of the state respectively. We will ensure that these
forces are properly trained and equipped to enforce law and order to
counter any threats – actual or potential and generally enhance national
An APC government is determined to lift
this country from its current state of disrepair and desperation by
rebuilding its human resources, its social services and physical
infrastructure that will gear the nation towards equitable and
sustainable economic growth. Sierra Leoneans will once again see hope
for a better future.
In every nation today, the principles
of transparency and accountability and the elimination of corrupt
practices are generally recognized as indispensable attributes for good
governance. An APC government will ensure the strict adherence to these
principles and practices, and will subject itself to an African Peer
Review Mechanism (APRM) and any other international benchmarks.
Under the principle of separation of
powers as provided for in our national constitution, the Sierra Leone
Parliament has, in the last ten years, clearly demonstrated an inability
to exercise its functions as an institution distinct from the
Unfortunately, executive interference,
coupled with the pursuit of political party interests have clearly
undercut the constitutional role of the legislature. In addition to
this, general conditions of service for members of Parliament remain
unattractive. This situation will be thoroughly examined by an APC
government, and proper and adequate policies will be put in place to
make Parliamentary work attractive and productive.
Our immediate and general concern for
our people will be to provide the basic social services which many other
countries take for granted, but which our people continue to be deprived
of. Necessities such as affordable staple food (rice), electricity,
water, basic health care, an expanded education system, and jobs for the
bulging numbers of unemployed youth. All these will be our focus.
This 2007 APC Agenda for change is our
manifesto. It clearly presents our deep understanding and appreciation
of the aspirations of our people for a better future for themselves and
their children. In presenting our objectives and strategies for change,
we are keenly aware of the challenges and limitations that will face a
new government in its efforts to fulfill the demands and expectations of
its people. We have therefore presented, in this manifesto in the
honesty and humility, our priorities and areas of focus in the immediate
and long term.
It should be a useful
reminder that the All Peoples Congress was the first opposition party in
Sub-Saharan Africa to unseat an incumbent government through the ballot
box. In its twenty four years in governance, the nation experienced
relative peace and stability, as well as remarkable social and
infrastructural development. These achievements were neither by
accident, nor were they by dint of good fortune. They were the result
of carefully calculated and prudent policies, underlined by wise
counsel, visionary leadership and a good knowledge of the politics and
people of Sierra Leone.
It is on this well established tradition that the All Peoples Congress
Party presents itself for the 2007 elections as your next government.
AN AGENDA FOR CHANGE.
Faced with the tragic state of despair
and desperation in the nation, as a result of corruption, nepotism and
mismanagement of our human and material resources, the All Peoples
Congress Party is committed to reverse this trend and move the country
forward to its rightful position in the community of nations. In this
regard the APC establishes the following core principles as its
guidelines in this noble endeavour.
Democracy and good
Freedom, human rights and
Justice equality and the
rule of law
and accountability in the conduct of public Affairs.
Long term sustainable
development; through dependable and affordable regular power supply,
sound education, basic health-care, abundant food production,
appropriate housing, increased youth employment, improved
infrastructure, efficient transport and basic services.
1. THE ECONOMY
is endowed with rich human and diverse natural resources, yet its
economic and social infrastructure are poorly developed. The economy
under the present Government is bankrupt and propped up by the grace of
institutional donor funds which are grossly misused. Furthermore our
economy is characterized by many factors including endemic institutional
corruption, alarmingly chronic youth employment, unbearable cost of
living and a lack of political resolve to check and curb corruption.
The state of the economy can be summarized by the following key factors:
Large scale unemployment
High inflation and low
A weak private sector
An ineffective public
Weak basic industry
Inadequate energy and
Difficult climate for
Inadequate and decaying
As a government we are
a) reviving the economy and
improving the standard of living of every Sierra Leonean in line with an
APC agenda of change and the Millennium Development goals.
b) creating a conducive
atmosphere for doing business and embarking on policies that will enable
the resumption of growth in the trading, manufacturing, mining, marine
and agricultural sectors.
c) pursuing policies that will
promote private sector development and encouraging direct foreign
d) initiating policies that
will help boost our export capacity in order to reduce our balance of
payments deficit, maintain a strong currency, reduce inflation and
achieve economic growth.
Our strategies for
pursuing these objectives shall include:-
a) Financial sector reforms
with emphasis on favourable terms for access to capital for Small and
Medium scale Enterprises ( SMEs) and push micro-finance.
b) Fiscal discipline and
financial prudence to achieve low inflation, low interest rates,
resulting into long term economic stability.
c) Expanding and strengthening
intra African trade in accordance with the principles and policies under
the New Partnership for Africa’s
d) actively encourage civil
society, non-governmental and charitable organisations that have
expertise and experience in training that can support and finance self
e) placing emphasis on
productive industries including value added processing of our raw
materials for local consumption and export.
f) Tax reformation to
encourage investment, generate revenue, boost local production and
stimulate economic growth.
e) ensuring that our producers
conform to international standards and values for commodity export.
g) vigorously addressing unfair
trade barriers, regulations and procedures that inhibit the growth of
our domestic industry and external trade. Accordingly, we shall exploit
the advantage of
membership of the World Trade Organisation.
h) encouraging the creation of
Economic zones that will enable industry and commerce to flourish.
b) intensifying and
coordinating revenue collection and monitor government expenditure to
ensure transparency and accountability.
d) facilitating an investor
friendly atmosphere that will encourage and accelerate privatization and
fully take our national interests into account.
2. AGRICULTURE AND MARINE RESOURSES
Agriculture and Marine resources have
the potential of extricating Sierra Leoneans from poverty and hunger
that are devastating eyesores of our development paradigm. They can be
the real engine for economic revitalization and poverty reduction which
are crucial to peace and security. In spite of their growth potential,
they have not been given any priority by the current government. The
challenge of an in-coming APC government is to reverse this trend and
make these resources the bedrock of our economic growth. Currently the
sectors are faced with the following constraints:
High post harvest Wastage
Limited supply of farm
Poor road networks
Limited access to capital
Inadequate supervision of
our coastal waters
Lack of capital to engage
in large scale commercial fishing
Incapacity to quantify
foreign fishing catches and thus depriving the country of valuable
Corruption in the
management of marine resources
An APC Government will:-
a). make local food production a
matter of priority so as to bring Sierra Leone to a level of food
b). resuscitate commercial
agriculture and effectively use our arable land for coffee, cacao and
other tree crop production. This will enable our country to become once
again a foreign exchange earner from our agricultural produce.
c) set up an expert task force
to look into research institutions, libraries and the massive
agricultural data stocked in government offices with the aim of bringing
into clear perspective the use of all arable lands comprising uplands,
inland valley and mangrove swamps, bolilands and the vast riverine lands
of Rhombe and Tormabome.
d) make agriculture and
aqua-culture viable options, attractive enough to provide gainful and
rewarding employment and at the same time improving our foreign exchange
e) give logistical and other
capacity building ( processing and preservation) support to artisanal
fishermen to enhance their capacity to produce more for home
The APC government
will pursue these by:-
a) making available basic
agricultural inputs to stimulate food production, plantation
agriculture, and animal husbandry. In this regard we will pursue a well
structured agricultural loan scheme through rural banks and micro
b) stimulating and promoting
agricultural research in our universities and colleges that will lead to
the revitalization of productive farming through extension services.
c) seeking expert partners to
facilitate the development of the country’s vast agricultural and marine
resources into commercial production to support local food production
d) embarking on sustainable
financial schemes that will boost investment and private sector
e) building feeder roads to
make farm inputs and food available in the rural areas and in the urban
f) encouraging the cultivation
of more land
3. DECENTRALISATION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Poverty in Sierra Leone is
heavily concentrated in the rural areas. There has been an unprecedented
massive migration to the urban areas because of the lack of
opportunities especially employment, good schools and hospitals
Decentralization is the corner stone on which rests the policies and
programs that will facilitate development and participation of our
citizens in every part of the country. The APC firmly believes that the
true Decentralization of Political, Legislative, Economic and
Administrative functions would encourage the rural population to stay in
their localities and participate in the management of their own affairs.
These sectors are beset with the following problems;
Unwillingness on the part of the
central government to devolve power, functions and resources to the
Limited capacity on the part of
functionaries at the local level
Lack of adequate and proper
Lack of basic services
Lack of employment
Rural urban migration
resulting in unavailability of adequate labour and undue pressure in the
The Party in government will
a) logistical capacity building
that will give real meaning to multi-sectoral devolution
b) instituting strict
supervision and monitoring of local Government authority to ensure
accountability and transparency, without micro managing.
c) introducing a more focused,
coordinated, sustainable and holistic rural development program that
will use both internal and external resources to raise the capacity of
the rural economy for self sustenance and improve standards of living
for the population.
. d) rehabilitating the crumbling
infrastructure and provide where necessary additional rural roads, rural
water supply, affordable healthcare and rural banks through cooperation
with local Government authorities in accordance with our
As a Government, the APC will
a) fund rural development
programmes in collaboration with our National and external partners.
b) encourage home-based
industries that will create employment in the rural areas.
c) provide for the rural
population to participate in the development and management of their
affairs through self-help.
d) accelerate the moribund
decentralization process and meaningfully empower local Councils with a
view to achieving the goals of the MDG’s on time.
d) facilitate compilation of
statistical base line studies of all services, facilities and
inadequacies in all districts. Such data will be useful in planning the
needs of the rural population.
once a pioneer in education and the envy of the sub region formerly
known as the Athens of Africa, now finds itself in a deepening crisis
that has undermined the very foundation of its educational system.
Teaching and learning in many schools in
are at a minimal level principally because of poor classroom conditions,
insufficient learning materials, lack of adequately qualified, well
compensated and committed teachers. The APC considers education as the
most important vehicle through which Sierra Leone
will develop its human resources.
An APC government will therefore
facilitate, encourage and provide adequate and appropriate education. It
will promote training and enforce discipline within all educational
institutions so that the young will derive the best benefits to equip
themselves as responsible citizens for life.
Currently the educational system is
Lack of adequate
Lack of Qualified and
Poor classroom conditions
Poor conditions of
service for teachers
An APC Government will
a) make education a right for
everyone and accessible to all to enable the country meet the targets of
the Millennium Development Goals.
b) strengthen all legal,
institutional and infrastructural frame work necessary for the
enhancement of education.
c) ensure that books and other
school materials provided by government reach the target population.
d) revive schools broadcast
programmes for countrywide dissemination on regular basis to help with
additional learning for pupils preparing for BECE and WASSCE
Examinations. Community radios will be utilized for this purpose.
e) support adult education
programmes nation wide in order to combat the high incidence of
f) provide adequate funding
and making University education relevant to the needs of the Nation.
g) Encourage and facilitate the
establishment of libraries and a reading culture nationwide
As a government we will pursue these
a) training more teachers and
improving their conditions of service and at the same time make
available relevant educational materials
b) re-examining the whole
educational system critically with a view to determining the
effectiveness, appropriateness and relevance to our national development
c) strengthening the
Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Education and make it more
d) setting up adult Educational
centers in the urban and rural areas.
e) effecting compulsory
education up to JSS 3.
f) revising remuneration of
teachers’ package across the board.
5. HEALTH, NUTRITION AND SANITATION
The health system in
is in acute crisis. The whole country is serviced by less than six
physician doctors, less than four surgeon specialists and less than
three hundred nurses in the employ of government. The APC established
the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and
the National School of Nursing while in governance. Disappointingly the
SLPP government rendered these institutions unproductive and unable to
meet our nation’s health needs. This lack of vision on the part of the
SLPP government has had a devastating effect in the country to the
extent that life expectancy has reached an all time low of 35 years for
females and 33 for males.
Malaria and Tuberculosis are prevalent
and widespread. HIV and AIDS prevalence is estimated at 4.9%. Nutrition
has worsened across the nation owing to the inability of the SLPP
government in fulfilling its promise of attaining food security for all
by 2007. The APC believes that like education, health is both a human
goal and human investment through which development can be achieved.
This is why the APC is committed to providing affordable health services
to all Sierra Leoneans and shall adopt policies towards improving and
upgrading the health, environmental sanitation infrastructural
facilities in both urban and rural areas.
The health service has been
dysfunctional because of:-
Lack of hospitals and health
Insufficient numbers of doctors and
Poor conditions of service
Lack of adequate equipment
Lack of energy and power supply
Inadequate medical supplies
An APC Government shall
a) allocate resources for a
rapid rehabilitation of existing hospitals and health centers in all
districts headquarters and chiefdoms.
b) provide better working
conditions and facilities to our doctors and nurses and support staff.
c) while acknowledging the
important role traditional healers play within our own health care
service, encourage cooperation between them and western trained health
delivery service providers.
d) equip hospitals with
adequate medical supplies.
As a government we will
a) fully empower local council
authorities to take up their responsibilities for the delivery of
dependable health care services to their people.
b) ensure that public health
education (sanitation and hygiene) form an integral part of formal
education curriculum. Adult and community learning on the subject of
public health will also form part of our urban and rural education
c) pay attention to areas of
the country prone to high levels of infant and maternal mortality, the
incidence of diarrhea, malaria, cholera and river-blindness and ensure
effective health service provision by improving the capacity of all
District referral hospitals.
d) promote a health programme
through environmental sanitation awareness, education on HIV/AIDS and
other sexually transmitted diseases and family planning. In spite of
massive international support, far too little has been done to increase
awareness of HIV/AIDS throughout the country. An APC Government will
continue to collaborate with the international community to control this
e) revisit the current cost
recovery scheme with a view to making it more accessible and affordable
6. WATER RESOURCES
is a tropical country blessed with high levels of rainfall yet we are
unable to provide safe drinking water to the vast majority of our
In spite of the abundance of this
resource, we are faced with the following:-
Lack of and unreliable supply of
portable water to all urban and rural communities
Absence and deficient treatment
Lack of safe drinking water for the
vast majority of our people
The challenge of a new APC
Government is therefore:-
a) to harness and manage the
available water resources efficiently so that the majority of our people
are provided with pipe borne and safe drinking water at all times.
b) Construct dams for
irrigation and hydro-electric energy
c) cut down on water borne
diseases by introducing water and sanitation programmes throughout the
In government, we shall achieve
a) putting in place water
management programmes under which communities shall be provided with
hand dug-wells, boreholes or piped system accordingly.
b) prioritizing the
rehabilitation and construction of water supply to vital establishments
like hospitals, schools and other public institutions.
c) Ensuring that educational
programmes cover the vital elements of water and sanitation
d) reactivating the World Bank rehabilitation support project to
ensure delivery of safe drinking water throughout the municipality.
7. THE JUDICIARY
The true mark of any democracy can be
measured by it’s citizens’ commitment to the supremacy of the rule of
law. This supremacy dictates that justice will be dispensed with
fairness and citizens will have access to redress if there is any doubt
as to the fair application of the law.
The inequitable applications of the law
and the lack of fair access to the judicial system have been some of the
reasons that have contributed to undermining the rule of law in
The ability of the judiciary to
properly dispense with justice has been handicapped by:-
Extremely unattractive salaries and
poor conditions of service
When in government, the APC will:-
a) establish clear
procedures to ensure an independent, impartial and autonomous judiciary.
b) separate the offices of the
Minister of Justice and that of the Attorney-General.
c) ensure expeditious
dispensation of justice.
Our government will achieve these
a) ensuring a proper
functioning of the judicial system by discouraging political
interference in all spheres of governance including the Anti-Corruption
Commission which shall be given the power to prosecute.
b) setting up Special Rapid
response courts that will adjudicate in land issues, small claims
courts, to settle disputes which otherwise have created bottle-necks in
the legal system.
c) supporting the work of the
Law Reform Commission, the justice sector development programme and
other reformatory institutions to review laws that have no relevance in
today’s Sierra Leone.
8. FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION
The Foreign thrust of a re-elected APC
Government shall be to reinforce existing relations with foreign
countries and all International Organisations to which Sierra Leone is
a member. This will be done through implementation of well defined
policies and programmes that will safeguard and protect our national
interests as stated in section 10 of the preamble of the 1991
Constitution of Sierra Leone.
Our ability to explore the full potential of foreign
policy and International Cooperation has been characterized by the
Inability to fully fund the
activities of our missions abroad
Poor conditions of service
None and sporadic
and weaknesses in pursuing our national interest as pivotal to our
foreign policy goals
The APC Government will
a) Implement a credible foreign
policy that will enhance mutually rewarding co-operation with our
b) Strengthen but balance
relations with they development partners focus on technology and
knowledge transfer as well as market access and development
b) build up from the
impressive, constructive and rewarding foreign policy of the previous
APC Governments, an APC foreign policy shall re-introduce and maintain a
positive, respectable, pragmatic and common sense approach in our
dealings with nations and organizations.
c) renew our support and commit
ourselves to meeting our obligations to all international organisations
such as the Mano River Union (MRU), the Economic Community of West
African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations and
all other international organisations to which we are signatories.
In government the APC shall:-
a) endeavour to understand and
interpret at all times, the constantly changing character of
international situations in a changing world.
b) acknowledge that as patterns
change, so will our friendships between and among nations shift. We
shall adjust when necessary, to ensure valuable diplomatic
representation and outreach that protects our national interest.
c) ensure unwavering national
support for a new and dynamic foreign policy, the Foreign Ministry of an
APC Government will step up outreach contacts with civil society,
students, the media, traditional authorities etc to explain emerging
international ideas and concepts such as the Millennium Development
Goals MDGs, New Partnership for African Development. NEPAD and African
Peer Review Mechanism APRM affect us as a country.
The Military and the Police are the two main state institutions charged
with the responsibility of safeguarding the integrity of the National
territory and protecting its people from both internal upheavals and
external aggression. The peace which currently prevails in the country
following a tragic eleven year civil war is a result of the collective
effort of its people and the resistance provided by its armed forces.
The armed forces however have, for some time now reflected a situation
of serious difficulties in various areas such as:
- Low salaries
- Poor living conditions
- Shortages in modern communication equipment and general logistics
- Low morale
- Inability to respond robustly to external agreession as was evidenced
with the rebel
- Corruption in the Police Force.
The prime objective of the All Peoples Congress Party will be to address
the prevailing weaknesses in the armed forces, and to adopt appropriate
strategies for systematically and consistently addressing the prevailing
problems that exist in the army and Police. The APC Party will exert
every effort to ensure that the armed forces are constantly built up to
a level of preparedness for the protection of the state and to thwart
any actual or perceived threat from any aggressor or potential
The All Peoples Congress will endeavour to ensure that service men and
women in the armed forces are fully and adequately provided for in terms
of salaries, service conditions and their housing facilities.
As soon as possible, the APC Government will make a review of the salary
structure, and the service conditions of our personnel in the army and
The APC will endeavour to ensure that modern communications and
logistical equipment are provided for the Military and Police.
An adequate provision of modern weaponry will be made available to the
armed forces to ensure that combatants are put at a reasonable advantage
for the defense of the homeland.
The Party will ensure that Soldiers and Police are properly and
adequately, provided for in terms of housing facilities.
The APC Party will work in conjunction with external parties for
the training of army and police personnel to upgrade their performance
to the highest level possible, for the discharge of their national
An APC Government will work in conjunction with external partners
to explore the possibility of establishing a mechanized brigade, for the
purpose of national defense as well as to participate whenever necessary
in peace keeping activities in conflict zones.
9. EMPOWERING WOMEN
The APC recognises the
invaluable contribution of women in every aspect of the nation’s
economic endeavours. Women must be able to participate as equal partners
in our quest for leadership and development of our Nation.
Up till now, women have
suffered because of the following:-
in National politics
practices in education as a result of cultural inhibitions and
Limited access to
Limited access to
An APC Government
women’s groups as well as encourage and facilitate women’s involvement
and participation in the policy making process.
b) support the
education of women on major trends affecting their life and wellbeing
arising from the effects of globalisation. The APC will undertake an
assessment of the extent and in what ways government development plans
and activities integrate the normative dimensions of gender equality in
conformity with and follow up to the Convention on the Elimination of
Discrimination against women (CEDAW).
c) empower and
work with the appropriate authorities and agencies to implement laws and
policies that will eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination
The above objectives
will be achieved by:-
a) ensuring that
women’s issues are mainstreamed across all development and public policy
processes. We believe that policies that are not engendered are
b) working with our development
partners, organizations and agencies operating in Sierra Leone to maximize the support
that war affected young women require for their rehabilitation and
integration into mainstream society.
c) supporting female-owned and
managed enterprises through credit on favored terms.
10. THE WAR WOUNDED AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED
Throughout Sierra Leone the
scars of war are a grim reminder of the atrocities committed on our
people for more than a decade.
Quite a good number of the victims of
the war have yet to put a closure to that nightmare more so because of
the gross failure of the SLPP Government to implement the findings and
recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Raped women, orphans, branded children,
amputees; the mentally and physically scarred all require and deserve
reparations and integration into mainstream society.
The current conditions of the war
wounded and physically challenged are as follows:-
Total lack of a comprehensive
policy to assess and meet the needs of this category
Failure to adequately address
Failure to implement the findings
and recommendations of the TRC
The APC Government will:-
implement to the fullest
the TRC recommendations on the needs of victims especially those on
health, pensions, education, skills training, micro-credit and community
initiate and promote
propgrammes that will enhance the status and welfare of this group.
Enhance the legal
capability, empower institutions and eliminate all forms of
discrimination and biases against the physically challenged.
Our Government will achieve these
a) working in collaboration
with National and International Non-Governmental organizations (NGO’s)
and Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGO’s) to ensure that programs and
adequate services such as health, shelter and educational opportunities
for the victims and their dependants are available in all districts.
b) making the activities of
NACSA more effective and focused to ensure that proper and adequate
measures are put in place for the benefit of the victims of the war.
c) designate a day of National
Mourning in respect of the many who lost their lives and for those who
remain permanently damaged.
d) erect a war monument so that
the painful past will never be lost on the conscience of our people.
11. ENERGY AND POWER
has been characterized by the lack of good, reliable and sustainable
energy and power for the last several years. The APC has for long
acknowledged that it is near impossible to run a modern state without
reliable and adequate supply of energy and power.
This is why we initiated the Bumbuna
Hydro Electric Project many years back. A situation whereby the
nation’s capital has remained for years without dependable electricity
supply will not be allowed to persist by an incoming APC Government.
Currently our energy and power
sectors are characterized by these factors:-
Non- existence of energy and power
supply in most parts of the country
Unreliable electricity even where
there is potential supply
Poor conditions of service for
Lack of spare parts
Deplorable state of disrepair of
Total lack of planning
An APC Government will:-
a) provide assured and reliable
electricity for the capital city - Freetown.
b) rehabilitate all power
stations throughout the country and ensure that they operate
In order to achieve these objectives
the APC government shall:-
a) take action to ensure the
completion of the Bumbuna project and provide Freetown with adequate electricity supply
within the shortest possible time.
b) encourage national and
international financiers to invest in alternative sources of energy like
solar and wind energy.
c) ensure the increase of the
capacity of the Dodo electric power station so as to provide electricity
for the growing cities of Bo and Kenema and their environs.
d) identify and explore other
potential sources of hydro electric power Nationwide.
12. TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
The APC recognizes that transport and
communications constitute very vital links both in our domestic and
international economic change. Inland and water transportation are
stimulants to development especially within the rural areas. However,
river transport infrastructure consisting of jetties, wharfs, warehouses
and transit sheds are in dire need of attention. Similarly an improved
network of trunk and feeder road system is necessary for the development
of the economy and the delivery of goods and services.
The importance of air transportation in
a globalized World cannot be overstated The dissemination of information
in a timely and efficient manner depends on a reliable communication
These sectors have been hampered by
the following factors:-
Lack of improved network of truck
and feeder roads
Complete breakdown of the land line
Total lack of river transport
Excessive charges levied by current
providers of mobile phone systems
Sporadic operations of a public
Lack of internal air transport
Almost complete breakdown of river
As a government the APC shall:-
a) develop sea safety standards
and rehabilitate jetties and slipways and where possible build new ones.
b) extend the activities of
Sierra Leone Ports Authority by providing dry –dock services among
others and explore the possibility of having a free port in
c) rehabilitate trunk roads and
bridges to facilitate public transportation.
d) complete on-going
construction of roads such as the peninsula road and Guinea- Sierra Leone Highway and all others
initiated by the APC while previously in government.
e) extend and improve existing
feeder roads to enhance the movement of agricultural inputs, produce and
other essential commodities.
f) seek to upgrade Lungi
International airport and domestic air fields.
g) facilitate an environment in
which our local Communication industry will compete favorably with other
As a government we hope to achieve
a) promoting transportation and
exploring the abundance of waterways throughout Sierra Leone, to enhance the tourist
b) strictly supervising and
monitoring the disbursement of the road users’ tax.
c) continuing its program of
trunk road expansion commenced whilst in office, through partnership
with friendly countries willing and able to support such programs.
d) encourage private, local and
International airline operators to invest in the airline industry.
e) reactivate our National
tele-communication system by providing adequate resources.
with its unique landscape, exotic flora and fauna, mountains and natural
beauty together with its historic heritage, remains a tourist dream. The
APC recognizes the devastation caused to this sector by the civil war
and sees the need for its revitalization.
This industry has been impeded by
Total lack of ability to promote
Lack of touristic infrastructure
Absence of energy and power supply
Dysfunctional health services
An APC Government will:-
a) fully harness our gifts of
nature for touristic purposes.
b) revitalize the tourism
sector to become a major contributor to the national economy.
c) encourage and regulate the
active participation of private entrepreneurs and non-governmental
organisations in the development of our tourist industry.
As a government these objectives can
be met by:-
a) encouraging and inviting
African and peoples of African descent in the Diaspora to reconnect with
their heritage by visiting historic places like Bunce Island - the 18th
century British slave outlet in the Republic of Sierra Leone. This
little known island has the closest link to North
America than any other slave outlet in the West Coast.
b) extending the nation’s
tourism programme into the interior to make it truly national.
c) encouraging tertiary
institutions to interest their pupils and students to pursue careers in
the tourism industry because of the sector’s employment potential.
d) seeking co-operation and
active participation of local and international investors in the tourism
e) ensuring that tourist areas
are demarcated and legislation enacted to prohibit the erection of
illegal structures for residence, trade and commerce.
14. MINERALS & MINING
minerals of Sierra
Leone have been the major foreign
exchange earner for the country and have been providing jobs for a large
proportion of the population. This sector has been badly devastated
during the ten year civil war. In particular, all institutional and
alluvial mining activities were brought to a standstill.
situation of Minerals and mining is as follows:-
country does not derive the revenue it should from the mining sector
alluvial miners do not receive just rewards for their work
Inhabitants in Company mining areas derive no benefit
spate of lawlessness
The APC Government will:-
a) declare our strategic mineral
resources s national assets.
b) review all exploration and mining
contracts that are in operation.
c) require that all our mining
partners provide infrastructural facilities that will enhance the
standard of living of the residents of mining areas.
d) seek adequate compensation for the
devastation of mining areas where landowners can no longer use their
land for farming activities.
In Government, we can meet these
a) ensuring that residents in
areas producing the wealth of the country are entitled to reasonable
portion of the income generated from the area.
b) requiring that any engagement
in mining activity must be subject to environmental safeguards.
c) re-examining and revisiting
exploration and mining contracts, sale, export and marketing of all
minerals and will come out with a comprehensive mining policy that
will cover exploration, mining and export.
d) encouraging and facilitating
the establishment of a diamond cutting and processing industry.
e) resuscitating vital area of
economic activity that will encourage artisanal miners for both diamond
and gold to set up cooperatives and/or joint venture companies. These
will provide the institutional framework through which small scale
miners can access funding for their operations. The APC acknowledges
that increased and profitable activities in this area will result in
reducing unemployment and increase regular payment of royalties and
taxes to government.
15. INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING
has been a pioneer and a leading light in radio and press journalism.
However there is current need to revive those golden days at a time when
this century has been designated as ‘the information age’. The APC
government, recognizing this situation shall continue to regard the mass
media as a critical and necessary ingredient of good governance and
shall support it as a tool for national development.
is beset by these problems:-
Unreliable and sporadic news
Miserable salaries and poor
conditions of service for workers
Low maintenance levels
Lack of logistical support
Political interference that stifles
freedom of speech
The APC Government will:-
a) use the mass media to serve
as a medium to educate the public in matters of state and how these
matters impinge on their daily lives.
b) be committed to greater
freedom, and democracy and we would enhance the role of a free,
unfettered and responsible press.
c) place a high premium on
responsibility of journalists and broadcasters to build up the
professional capacity that will enable them to perform their functions
without fear or favor.
d) examine the on-going
privatization process of the SLBS and SLTV
These will be achieved by:-
a) reviewing the 1965 Public
b) assisting the fourth estate
in building itself up in terms of capacity, professionalism and ensure
c) improving public trust,
confidence and interest through information sharing. Whilst in office
the bottle necks and obstacles that stifle this free flow will be
d) encouraging and
strengthening the National Media Commission.
radio/TV dissemination nationwide.
16. HUMAN RIGHTS
Human rights have become an issue of
great importance in contemporary times. This explains why it has come to
occupy such an important and prominent place in State governance, the
world over. Much of the misery and injustice of our time is the result
of the reckless use of power. The abuse of power is a human problem and
nobody seems to have a built-in- immunity from its corrosive effect.
An APC Government is committed to
limiting this tendency by ensuring the sanctity of life and the dignity
The factors that characterized this
Widespread violation of human
Lack of knowledge about human
Ineffective state institutions to
adequately address human rights abuses
Political dispensation that cannot
guarantee the human rights of all Sierra Leoneans
. 16.2 OBJECTIVES
The APC Government will:-
a) meet internationally
accepted standards of promoting and protecting the rights and dignity of
every man, woman and child.
b) protect, promote and respect
all Sierra Leoneans from the violation of their human rights so that the
true ideals of democracy can be realized.
Such objectives as above shall be
attained by :-
a) supporting institutions
where they exist for the protection of human rights.
b) promoting a credible
political dispensation that will guarantee and protect human rights for
all by making justice accessible without discrimination.
c) ensuring that human rights
laws and institutions created to implement them are supported to
function effectively in building a human rights- conscious society in
post- conflict Sierra Leone.
17. PUBLIC SERVICE
We as a party are aware of
the fact that no matter how well intentioned a government may be, it is
bound to fail if it is saddled with a public service that is lacking in
capacity or unwilling to adapt to changing circumstances. We readily
acknowledge and accept that the public service is currently
dysfunctional, however there is still a lot of good potential within it
which can serve as a base for a more efficient public service our nation
Currently the public
Lacking in capacity
Saddled with low
salaries and poor conditions of service
The APC Government
a) revise the
process of recruitment, entry and progression within the public service
and will therefore support the ongoing reform programmes.
b) take immediate
action to look into the present discriminatory two- tier system of
remuneration of public officials
c) give the anti-
corruption Commission the power it needs to function effectively and
check the endemic corruption so rampart within the Public service
The APC plans to meet
these objectives by:-
a) modernising the
old general and financial orders, which have proved unsuitable in
today’s Sierra Leone.
b) enabling the
civil service reclaim its past glory and efficiency.
c) improving the
salary and conditions of the public service with a view to making it
attractive and competitive.
d) ensuring that
recruitment and promotion within the public service of Sierra Leone
shall be based on qualification, merit and ability.
18. YOUTH AND SPORTS
The APC Government
recognizes that the youth problem has become chronic with a potential
for explosion. To be sure youth employment if not appropriately
addressed is a time bomb. Its solution cannot be done on an ad hoc basis
but rather on a comprehensive policy requiring inputs from the youth
themselves. Conscious of the trauma to which thousands of our youths
have been subjected as a consequence of the war, an APC Government will
spare no effort in revisiting the existing National Youth policy. The
APC will engage and comprehensively promote sporting activities in
support of the welfare of our youth.
The following are the
characteristics of this sector:-
High rate of youth unemployment
Widespread indiscipline and high
rate of school dropouts
Tepid acceptance and implementation
of the National Youth Policy
Failure to inculcate a culture of
Complete breakdown of competitive
sporting activities at school, collegiate and national levels
Lack of coordination between the
Ministry and the respective sporting organisations
An APC government will:-
a) implement the current
legislation relating to the protection and welfare of Youth.
b) work steadfastly with both
national and international non-governmental organizations to ensure that
the youth in
receive the care, support and protection they require for their
development into responsible and productive citizens.
c) institute a national youth
training programme to harness the potential of our youth, create
understanding and instill a culture of civic responsibility that will
support and core enhance family values.
The APC as a
government shall seek to attain these objectives by:-
a) formulating a
comprehensive plan of action that is geared towards full implementation
of the Sierra Leone Youth policy.
b) expanding the National Youth
Policy with the creation of youth executives in all Districts Councils.
c) reviving and restoring the status of sports and athletics in
schools and colleges by seeking assistance from our friends to extend
sporting facilities accordingly.
d) providing bursaries for students who demonstrate outstanding
skills in sports and athletics.
e) re-activating all sporting competitions especially soccer at
national and international levels through closer collaboration with the
respective sporting organisations.
f) introducing a National Youth Service Corps.
19. LANDS, HOUSING AND THE
Land is a resource and an asset and in
almost every part of the country issues related to land constitute a
major source of conflict and court cases. Ministry of Lands officials
including surveyors, land owners, dealers, are all to blame for these.
The current poor city planning is the result of corruption, limited
foresight and capacity. The uncoordinated and inept actions of
Government departments and officials have led to a myriad of cases that
have virtually strangled the judicial system. The APC recognizes that
housing a basic necessity of life is in short supply in the country for
all categories of the population. An APC Government recognizes further
that environmental protection has become a necessity of life and its
abuse nation wide demands immediate attention.
These sectors are beset with the
Overwhelming cases of unresolved
No guidelines for zoning and
Poor sanitation in built up areas
ruthless deforestation and
degradation of the environment
Limited or no education on the use
and abuse of the environment
As a Government, the APC will:-
a) seek an expeditious
resolution of all matters dealing with land conflict.
b) create opportunities for the
expansion of all markets and cemeteries to meet current population
c) build a culture of civic
responsibility for the care and protection of the environment.
d) establish guidelines for
zoning and building.
e) engage in legislation to
ensure that deforestation and degradation of the environment is arrested
and further more draw up guidelines that will conform to international
WE will achieve these by:-
a) engaging in a national
campaign of educating our people on all policies governing land use.
b) supporting and strengthening
the National Commission on Land and the Environment to function
c) establishing a comprehensive
national register that will document all cadastral records.
d) encouraging international
investors as partners in the provision of low cost housing.
e) embarking on sensitization
and awareness raising using the mass media, schools and colleges on the
consequence of misusing and abusing the environment.
f) reviewing the current state
of all Government properties and their occupancy.
g) pursuing a policy of
strategic acquisition of lands and properties in an effort to expand and
upgrade social infrastructure such as markets and cemeteries so as to
In conclusion, all of the above stated
objectives and strategies are in support of the firm determination of
the All Peoples Congress Party to govern Sierra Leone along the principles of
GOOD GOVERNANCE. An APC government commits itself to conforming
and focusing on parameters and values of good political, economic and
corporate governance. We will ensure the adoption by all Government
Departments and Agencies, sound policies, standards and practices that
promote and protect the principles of probity, transparency and
As a Party, let us assure everyone that
we have in place a solid team of dedicated personnel with the brain
power, commitment and professional expertise to implement these
programmes. The APC therefore calls upon all Sierra Leoneans at home and
abroad and the International Community to join us in realising these
noble goals of governance presented in this Manifesto.