The virtually non-existing health infrastructure cost the lives of so many of our citizens to the early May, 2014 Ebola outbreak. Decades of neglect by the APC and SLPP governments created so many inadequacies with depraved and degrading working conditions for our doctors and nurses. Access to quality health care is paramount to the welfare and wellbeing of Sierra Leoneans.
NDA plans to address the health care problems by providing free grants/scholarships for medical students to study and replace the number of doctors we lost to the battle against EVD, reduce the rate of maternal mortality, collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to develop food and nutritional programs for malnourish children and provide lunch programs for school children. NDA intends to improve budget allocation funds from 3.5% to 15% to meet the goal of the Abuja conference on universal health care for African countries.
NDA will build sound health policies around access, quality and affordability by regulating the licenses and certifications of health care professionals, support preventive care and treatment of communicable diseases, promote hygiene and environmental sanitation, increase doctors and nurses salaries, design a government subsidize health insurance program to help indigent pay for drugs and hospitalizations and equipped existing hospitals with staff and medical resources.
Sierra Leone is endowed with thousands of hectares of arable land. At present, only about 20% of the land has been explored for Agricultural purposes. The remaining 80% is untapped natural resources Two third of the population are engaged in subsistence family and Agriculture is the largest GDP sector of 59.9% in 2013. The NDA’s ambitious agenda to reforming the agricultural sector is to provide modernize farming techniques and machinery in an industrialized capacity to deliver higher yields for consumption and exportation.
More focus will be channeled in the industrialization, packaging and exporting of rice, coffee, cocoa, piassava and other natural products including livestock and poultry to European markets, Asia and the United States of America. This will create factory jobs, add growth to the economy and create wealth for farmers. Districts and chiefdoms will be used as economic development centers with access to capital market and opportunity to trade their marketing products to small or medium investment companies in Sierra Leone.
DIVERSIFIED ENERGY SECURITY ACCESS
Today, access to power in Sierra Leone is very low at around 1 to 5 percent in the urban areas and virtually nonexistent in the rural country sides. Sierra Leone’s installed power generation capacity is around 13 megawatts per million which is lower than what other low-income and fragile nations have installed Fuel and lubricant based energy consumption is expensive 80% of electricity is concentrated in the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
NDA’s new approach to addressing the energy crisis is through diversified electricity means such as: developing over 600 megawatts of interconnector capacity by purchasing power from Ivory Coast which is the region’s largest power exporter from the West African Power Pool (WAPP); importing low-cost hydropower from neighboring Guinea which has an export potential of 17.4 terawatt-hours and expanding Sierra Leone’s own hydropower to produce as much as 1,200 megawatts.
NDA will develop other alternative sources of energy like: solar power, expanded hydropower around Sierra Leone, wind turbines and Biomass – a tons of waste crops – such as rice husk, rice straw, cocoa husk – which can produced an energy potential of 2,706 GWH. This will reduce our reliance on emergency thermal generation (diesel fuel) which is too costly to maintain and especially when the price of globe crude oil is fluctuating.
WATER SUPPLY NETWORK
Pure and safe drinking water is a basic necessity for life which past governments and present have failed to provide for Sierra Leone. The prevalence of gastro-intestinal diseases including typhoid, Diarrhoea, Cholera and other water borne diseases bear testimony to the poor quality of water consumed by our citizens. Guma Valley which was built in 1974 to service about 300 thousands inhabitants in Freetown has outlived its capacity of which 2 million people now live in the capital city. Access to water in the rural community is virtually non-existence with heavy reliance on well or surface water.
NDA plans to develop the water resource infrastructure by expanding Guma Valley to increase its supply of 83 million liter per day to 220 million liter per day. NDA will seek the capital funding for the construction of the Orugu dam that will supply the Eastern Part of Freetown and readily available to pump an additional 75 million liter of water per day. The 1% access to pipe borne water in the rural community will be increase to 56% through water infrastructural projects in major provincial towns and cities across Sierra Leone .Part of capital expenditure to cover the funding gap of almost $300 million will come from renegotiated mining revenues to pay for water infrastructural networks.