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Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio’s decision to tighten the screws on government spending
dominates the headlines of Sierra Leonean newspapers on Wednesday.Bio has in two days issued about 10 Executive Orders requiring government institutions in the last two between to take certain actions to save cost.

The President said in line with his manifesto and campaign promises, he would need money to provide services and
these could only be realized with maximum revenue mobilization.

This story is captured on various newspapers, notably the Global Times, Calabash, Times SL, and Standard Times.

The Global Times carries it under the banner headline: ‘President Bio to raise Le100billion.’ Calabash says: ‘President Bio means business. ‘Times SL says: ‘In a bid to reduce reckless spending… President Bio targets leakages.’

Another story of the day is Tuesday’s visit to Dakar by President Bio.

The Sierra Leonean leader flew to the Senegalese capital on the invitation of President Macky Sall. It was Bio’s first official
foreign visit since he assumed office. The story is prominently captured by the Salone Times under the banner headline: ‘With 8 man dele… Bio meets Macky Sall.’

Other stories of the day are: Vice President Juldeh Jalloh visits the Freetown Port, APC ministers free to go to their offices
(Global Times); UBA launches mobile banking application (Salone Times); The position of Paramount Chiefs in Parliament (Calabash);

Over massive theft of government vehicles… Police issue stern warning, President Bio makes impressive start, APC scribe jittery over new MPs (Peak); Chines Foreign Ministry congratulates President Julius Maada Bio (Times SL).

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