The third infantry brigade of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), based in Kenema, has handed over a newly constructed market to the Tisor, Hangha, Ngombu, and RTI communities.
The market, which was funded by IMATT, is located at the Rural Training Institute (RTI) along the Kenema-Tongo Field highway. It is to serve the army personnel’s wives and community people.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the RTI the third Infantry brigade commander, Col. Sahr Anthony Sinah, said since he took over he had undertaken several Civil Military Corporation (CIMIC) activities within his area of operation such as in Kenema, Kono, and Kailahun districts.
Col. Sahr Anthony Sinah stated that sometime last year RSLAF maintenanced and constructed seven bridges between Joru and Nomo Farma in the Kenema district, and rehabilitated the sports complex, tennis and basketball courts, toilet, and fencing of the Kenema city field.
He said the Le20 million market would relieve the people from making long distances to get local foodstuff, adding that their mandate was not limited on protecting the people, but to also help the police when called upon.
Representing the paramount chief of Nongowa chiefdom, the acting section chief of Gbolambayama section of Nongowa chiefdom Mohamed Possible Kallon thanked the military for the gesture.
He appealed to them to rehabilitate the road linking kenema city to other parts of the country, and called on the community people to respect the military as they were there to protect the people and sovereignty of Sierra Leone.
He appealed to all not to misuse the market as it belonged to the community.