The President of Sierra Leon, Siaka Stevens opened the country's Third Session of its Second Parliament last week (20 June) with a gloomy picture of the financial situation.
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Background: The President of Sierra Leon, Siaka Stevens opened the country's Third Session of its Second Parliament last week (20 June) with a gloomy picture of the financial situation.
Dr. Stevens described the country's financial position as "not satisfactory". and he went on to say that the time had come when "we must be prepared to consider the matter of additional revenue in order to maintain a reasonable standard of living. Sierra Leone, like other parts of the world, the President said, had suffered terribly from the oil crisis and global inflationary tendencies. He then warned that no matter what action his Government might take to get additional revenue, it would be to no avail if expenditures were not kept under tight control.
The President's speech from the throne was preceded by a military ceremony outside the Parliament Buildings. His arrival was greeted by a twenty-one gun salute. President Stevens then inspected a ninety-six man guard of honour formed by a detachment of the Sierra Leone Military Forces in the forecourt of Parliament. The Cabinet, Members of Parliament, the Diplomatic Corps, senior Civil Servants and religious leader also took part in the ceremony.