Why am I not surprised?? I came across the article the Premier News newspaper printed on January 14, 2011.
Apparently, celebrations will be reduced drastically because of inadequate funds to implement the project. The information and communication Minister Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo made the disclosure on Thursday 13th Jan, 2011 while addressing the press at the ministry’s weekly press conference in Freetown.
I can’t type the whole article here,
but the gist of it is that, the money will rather be spent on infrastructure such as roads etc that will leave a lasting legacy. All good and I mostly agree. Also, in the current state of things – such as high ( in my opinion ridiculous prices) of goods, GST tax, etc – people ( I have been listening to the radio) are questioning why such an amount should be spent celebrating. In addition, a lot of people are asking what we are celebrating – meaning has any good come of the 50 years worthy of celebration?
How Kuwait Is Celebrating
Contrast this to Kuwait, who today have ordered the distribution of $4 billion (yes you heard me – $4billion!) worth of free food for 14 months to citizens as the oil-rich emirate prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of independence, 20th anniversary of liberation from Iraqi occupation and the fifth anniversary of the emir’s ascendance to power. (read full story here)
WOW! I mean, they’ve got OIL and everyone is benefitting. I remember reading years ago that Kuwaiti citizens get a free house when they get married. Just imagine! So how about Sierra Leone? According to world statistics, Sierra Leone has got 21 of the 24 natural resources in the world! Yes Sierra Leone is RICH! And yet poor, what happened? Reading this article about Kuwait makes my eyes water.
How come our resources have not been used for the good of all? 50 years, and we haven’t got enough money saved to celebrate because we’re still marking time with the basics – road, electricity, water or even a dignified hall in which to celebrate!!!! OMG! I shudder as I think of 27th April fast approaching. I hope and pray it’s not an embarrassment to the Republic of Sierra Leone.
As I write this I mourn for Africa and Sierra Leone in particular……