Leh we make Salone grow! The President 's Recovery Priorit ies New slet t er / w w w.president srecoverypriorit ies.gov.sl / Issue 2 2017 The President?s Recovery Priorities represent a multi-sectoral investment programme, led by the Government of Sierra Leone, focused on education, energy, governance, health, private sector development, social protection and water. The programme is intended to drive sustainable socio-economic transformation in Sierra Leone following the twin shocks of the Ebola Virus Epidemic and falling iron ore prices. Message from Saidu Cont on-Sesay, t he Chief of St aff In this issue, we are delighted to bring readers a feature by Dr. Minkailu Bah, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, in which he sets out his ministry?s strategy to modernise the teaching profession and education sector, that is being delivered under the President?s Recovery Priorities. There is also news about an onion farming pilot that is making steady progress; information on the Freetown Dry Season Water Supply Backup Plan and an update on the progress of the work to upgrade the Western area electricity network. The public sector is our country?s biggest service provider and improving public service delivery positively impacts millions of people. As we move into the final four months of the President?s Recovery Priorities, the benefits of our systematic approach to tracking and monitoring public service delivery have become increasingly apparent. The tracking and monitoring process used by the President?s Delivery Team to ensure quality public service delivery, is unique to Sierra Leone in that it is a customer-centric model that combines the complementary capabilities and cultures of the public and private sectors with our traditional and local government structures. Technology has been a key enabler, but so have our traditional structures and national know-how. A customised computer programme analyses data from the MDAs and implementing partners and compares it with physical on-the-spot checks conducted at a local level by on-the-ground personnel, including Section Chiefs. Its development called for national and international experience, as well as central and district expertise. In this issue of ?Leh we make Salone grow!?, we explain how the country?s Paramount and Section Chiefs have been integrated into this service delivery model. Currently 52% of initiatives involved in the President?s Recovery Priorities can be verified by data and in our next issue, we will look at the importance of capturing reliable and verifiable data to track the progress of initiatives. Leh we make Salone grow! Local onion product ion t o help reduce im port s Sierra Leone spends around M annually to import onions. Onions however can grow well in our climate, and are among the crops targeted by the President?s Recovery Priorities to provide 10,000 agricultural jobs across key value chains. Eight districts are benefitting from a one-year pilot programme for onion production which started in November 2016. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has provided farmers in Bombali, Port Loko, Bo, Tonkolili, Moyamba, Bonthe, Pujehun and the Western Area with ten tons of onion seedlings and other agricultural inputs like fertilisers and watering cans, to cultivate 97 acres of onion farms. Harvesting will begin in April 2017. Explaining the economic potential of the project, Henry Kargbo, the Director of Crops at the Ministry of Agriculture said: ?Current demand for onions far exceeds local supply. It is estimated that the pilot project will produce 2,000 metric tons (about 12%) of the 18,0000 metric tons imported annually.?