Claim: A Press Release in circulation claims Sierra Leone’s President Dr. Julius Maada Bio has ordered the immediate reduction of price for a bag of rice.
The report in the release claiming that it was the President who made such an order to all rice importers to reduce the prices of rice to sixty thousand Leones ($5.90) is false.
A press release has been circulating on social media platforms, especially WhatsApp and Facebook in the morning hours of Friday June 4th 2021 that the president has ordered for the reduction in prices for a bag of rice.
The press release stated that, ‘‘the general public is hereby informed that His Excellency, Brig (Retired) president Julius Maada Bio, aka, President (Tok En Do), has ordered all rice importers in Sierra Leone to reduce the price of rice to Le60,000 per bag nationwide, with effect from Monday, June 7th, 2021.’’
Dubawa monitored and did several checks on the various government’s websites and social media platforms including the StateHouse Communications and The Ministry of Information and Communication Facebook pages, but none of such releases was published on either pages.
Dubawa further went on to contact the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Solomon Jamiru Esq, who also confirmed, ‘‘this document and information is fake.’’
From the analysis and investigations relating to the claim in the press release, it is clear that the press release is false. Even though this is something Sierra Leoneans will be glad to hear, considering the current cost of a bag of rice which stands at $30 to $35, the information is false.
The researcher produced this fact-check per the 2021 Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship partnership with Afriradio to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country