A cross section of stakeholders on Wednesday 9th January gathered at the Bo Police Station East Conference Room to discuss lawlessness, which they say,still pervades the city despite the elections gone.
Seated on the high table were the Kakua Paramount Chief Prince LappiaBoima; P C Kangobai; newly elected Bo City Mayor Harold L Tucker; the two Local Unit Commanders of the East and West Divisions of the Bo Police Station, Sheku D Sankoh and Richard S Marka respectively.
There were other dignitaries on the high table as well as representatives of various stakeholders among the audience.
And all of these people sat down to chat the way forward for a lawlessness-free Bo city. Beginning the day forum was the Bo Police Station West Division Local Unit Commander Richard Sahr Marka who first remarked that “everyone of us deserves praises for the way we saw ourselves through the elections and even the festive season.” However, he couldn’t mince words by straight away flying to the reality that “lawlessness still pervades Bo despite the country being out of elections.” Lawlessness he said lies hugely in the Traffic and Trade Sectors. As for Drugs, Street Trading and Ghettoes all of which he said despite them being illegal were on the increase, he reiterated were also other causes of lawlessness in the city. “And lawlessness cannot solve the problem. Development will only come when there is discipline.”
Sheku D Sankoh the LUC Bo East Police Station therefore cried that the police were ready but that “the police alone cannot do everything without the cooperation of everybody.”
The Police Operations Officer South Superintendent Alimamy Sesay speaking indirectly from the absent Assistant Inspector General of Police David Sesay told the stakeholders that his boss asked “for you to agree on where and where should the operations go and so that you will be ready to accept our excesses.”
Paramount Chief Boima in throwing his support stated that indeed the “transport sector was the most wayward of all.” Among other things drivers he said “enslave people by over loading them all in the name of making money.” PC Desmond Kangobai meanwhile explained that it was not only in Bo that lawlessness was on the increase but also even out of the big towns and for which he suggested that the“police should go beyond Bo in their operations.”
Harold Tucker, Mayor Bo City Council said that among the resolutions of his first one hundred days in office was “the clearing of the streets of Bo. Bo needs a new face.” The project he said if sustained could bring about “ease in waste management, road safety or easy movement of people and increased income in sales.”
At the end of the 10am to 3pm deliberations, it was resolved that the street trading on some major streets was now prohibited. Traders are to return to the inside of the markets or else face the law. The roads of Dambala, Fenton, Labour, and MaheiBoima plus the streets of Fenton and Bojohn are to be cleared of everything both human and vehicles except left for the flow of traffic. Some parking spaces are to be provided for certain vehicles.
By Jenkins Bawoh