In a bid to improve the lives of marginalized and underprivileged communities in the peninsula, and to compliment government’s efforts Philanthropist Dauda Mansaray has arrived with plans to construct an ultra modern community centre worth over Le 30million for the Mile 13 community.
Mile 13 is one of the remotest communities in the Peninsular with no health center, secondary school, good roads or clean drinking water – although the Guma dam is located there.
“There is only one tap in that community serving over hundreds of locals and also children have to walk 6 miles daily to get secondary education in Hamilton”, disclosed Mr Sheka Kamara, the second Head Man of the community. In appreciation, Mr Kamara added, “we are happy for the gesture as Dauda Mansaray a true son of the soil was the first person ever since the community was founded to have come to rescue them from the clutches of under development”.
Mr. Kamara lamented that Mr. D.F Shears whom he described as one of Sierra Leone’s richest Ministers in his days and had served for several years as Minister, did nothing for the community though he comes from that area. He also mentioned their Member of Parliament who has never visited them since after the 2007 elections.
The head man stated that they were very proud to have Mansaray help them when they needed help most. The Youth Leader Osman Turay had this to say “We feel good to have Mr. Mansaray back home to help us as this was the gesture we have been yearning for”. He further pledged their fullest support to make the project a success.
It could be recalled that in 2007 Mr. Mansaray contested for the parliamentary seat of that constituency on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ticket, but lost. Mr. Mansaray’s Campaign Manager Solomon Vandy however said that depite they loss his candidate’s vision for nation building was not lost.
Other programs Mr. Mansaray is said to have in mind is a scholarship package for pupils and students which include lunch and uniforms. He had already supported sporting activities of Kaulafai Rashideen School in Tokeh and also NPSE fees.
Mr. Mansaray has now joined the All Peoples Congress (APC)