As preparations are underway for the conduct of the paramount chieftaincy elections in the Safroko Limba chiefdom following the death of Alimamy Dura almost a year ago, one of the leading aspirants Desmond SL Bopndi has spoken to Awoko about his plans to improve the educational sector in the chiefdom as well the health sector.
Speaking to this press in Binkolo over the weekend Desmond SL Bondi, who has been a serving councillor in the Bombali District Council, revealed that if elected as paramount chief for the chiefdom he would ensure that there was greater improvement within the educational sector in the chiefdom, especially that of girls by seeking the cooperation of other stakeholders in the chiefdom.
“I will encourage teachers by providing them with lodging facilities and by providing them with land for agricultural purposes”, Desmond Bondi said.
He revealed that, “Safroko chiefdom is the least served chiefdom in terms of health facilities” and that he would ensure that he encourages health workers assigned to the chiefdom to be able to stay and would also convince government to provide more health facilities in the chiefdom.
With regards to agriculture, he revealed that he currently owned a 17-acre of palm oil in the chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo and that since he was of the view that “agriculture is the bedrock of a nation’s development”, he would establish a seed bank “where farmers will have loans so that they can not get problems with seedlings”. As a councillor for the Bombali District Council, Desmond told Awoko that he contributed to the development of the chiefdom through the construction of the Mayankiloin bridge along the Binkolo-Bumbuna feeder road; embarked on projects on sanitation; basic skills training and agriculture in Mangoreh and Kamoria and the construction of a hand pump water well in Mathadi funded by Hope, Sierra Leone and two bore hole water wells in Binkolo funded by World Bank.
Contrary to reports that he was not connected to the thrown in the chiefdom, Desmond Bondi told Awoko that, “it is my hereditary right to contest this election because; I am a true son of the late Pa Bondi Sesay who was a biological son of the late Paramount Chief Alimamy Dura 1. In short, I am a grandson of the late PC Alimamy Dura 1 of Safroko Limba chiefdom”.
Speaking on what made him confident of winning the pending paramount chieftaincy election in the chiefdom, Desmond Bondi said he had lived with the people in the chiefdom and had worked with them and as such knew their problems and that with his wealth of knowledge in rural and community needs assessment and prioritization, “I am confident of winning, coupled with the support of the traditional authorities.” Desmond Bondi is being challenged by Dr Owiz Koroma and Sampha Dura, son of the late PC Alimamy Dura.