He added: “My new Government is therefore launching 3 peaceful democratic wars: First, a War on Indiscipline; Second, a War on Corruption; and Third, a War on Poverty. These Peaceful democratic wars on Indiscipline, Corruption and Poverty will define my tenure of office and I am determined to deliver on my promises.”
Earlier, he said: “While the task to change and transform Sierra Leone is monumental, with our collective determination that task is not insurmountable. To make this change possible, my Government will tirelessly work for and remain committed to inclusive politics; inclusive development; inclusive economic growth and inclusive governance.”
He added that in Sierra Leone today, everything or sector area is a priority that needs immediate attention; from the dilapidated State House premises to the lack of sustainable electricity supply across the country. He stated that this change is not impossible and that he believes in the will and commitment of the people to change and transform Sierra Leone. “I cannot do it alone, so today I ask all of you to believe in your capacity as citizens that together we can change Sierra Leone,” Pres. Bio said.
President Bio called on young people to be at the forefront in promoting his peaceful democratic wars on Indiscipline, Corruption and Poverty. He added that his administration will invest in the youth and create jobs and new opportunities to develop themselves and their families. “We will provide the resources and skills training needed to empower our youth so that they are able to make meaningful contribution to the development of our country today and become future leaders tomorrow,” President Bio stated.
He also called on all international partners to join to deliver change and that his government will continue to build on and strengthen existing bilateral relationships with all our friends and neighbors.
He particularly commended the warm, fraternal relations with our immediate neighbors, the republics of Liberia and Guinea, adding that his government will continue to work and build strong and durable partnerships with regional organizations such as the Mano River Union, ECOWAS and African Union as well as multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the European Union to promote our common values and commitment to peace, democracy, justice and multilateral diplomacy.