Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, of the National Grand Coalition (NGC), said that President Julius Maada Bio’s actions within a week since he took up office looks dynamic. “He has done a lot of things, which is very impressive and it seems he realizes how many challenges the country has and he knows there is no time to waste.”
Yumkella went further to say that himself and the party are impressed on the steps he has already taken and that they will soon visit him to understand better his agenda and how he wants to implement his manifesto.
As his party is seriously concerned with issues like education, health care and jobs amongst others, “which we are so much interested in, so we will like to know how he intends to act on these issues,” he said.
On the question on whether the NGC will accept any ministerial position from this new administration, Yumkella retorted that they are not interested in positions as they feel that at this time in the history of Sierra Leone they have been given the opportunity to provide a constructive opposition.
“We are determined to be a constructive opposition to support good public policies, but oppose any policy that is inimical to the interest of the people of Sierra Leone. NGC will have their own leadership and will work with other parties only when the issue on the floor is in the interest of the people and country.”
Yumkella stressed that they are happy with the responsibility accorded them to be servant of the people for the next five years, and that they do not want to serve at the pleasure of anyone, but at the pleasure of the people of Sierra Leone and particularly the people of Kambia.
He added that their representation in Parliament will be in the interest of the people they represent, and cautioned that they will not be supporting any emergency bill (s) to be tabled or legislated.
As Members of Parliament they hope that the House will be efficient and they promised that all Bills brought forward will be thoroughly examined. “At NGC we put the country first, so we will not hesitate in supporting any Bills from government that is in the interest of the country or object if it is against.”
He boasted of his party’s wealth of experience in parliamentary proceedings as they have about 15 former MPs who are members of their party’s Committee of Parliamentarians (COP) and that he said is to their advantage.
“So if there are things in a Bill that we do not know or understand the former members who are experts will look into it and guide us on how we proceed.”
The COP he said is well structured with a back-up research team on different sectors, “so we are looking forward for to vibrant debates and we will examine everything both verbally and in written form.”