In the midst of diamonds Koidu city is so backward and this deplorable state of the city has greatly embarrassed the mayor of Koidu, Mary Musa.
The mayor, who was highlighting constraints faced by the Koidu City Council, said “I’m embarrassed as a mayor of Kono.”
Addressing a group of nine Norwegian youth politicians who are on a field visit in Sierra Leone to acquaint themselves with UN’s practical development work in the country, the mayor explained that after the war and the reinstitution of the local government, the local government had found it hard to generate revenue as people had returned to a community destroyed by war.
“Diamonds are associated with wealth but unfortunately for us we are not benefiting much from it,” the mayor cried.
The chairman of the Koidu District Council, Sahr Edison Tamba, explained that though the town was backward the city did receive benefit from surface rent.
He pointed out that Sierra Leone had only 3% from the sales of diamonds and that 40% of the 3% went to the diamond area community development funds.