The councilor representing ward 24 in the Kailahun district Ahmed Siaka Koroma has appealed for government and donor assistance in the rehabilitation of roads within Kailahun district in order to ease their transportation problems this year.
Speaking to the press in Kenema city, councilor Koroma said his people in the Kailahun district are mostly farmers dealing with cash crops and they are finding it difficult to access the market with their products after harvesting.
Councilor Koroma cited the deplorable road conditions in the entire Kailahun district as the major factor responsible for the smuggling of most agricultural produce in the Kailahun district to neighboring countries like Liberia and Guinea. He pointed out that the act of smuggling goods from Sierra Leone to neighboring countries is an act of robbing the country of foreign exchange and other duties that are serving the economy of the state. He described the present condition of roads in Kailahun district as very appalling and alarming therefore needing immediate attention.
Mr. Koroma further warned that if the roads in Kailahun district were not given an immediate attention before the actual rainy season commence, most areas he added within the district could be cut off from the rest of the country.
Councilor Koroma disclosed that he has embarked on developmental programs in the Kailahun district among which is the construction of a fifteen (15) classrooms school for girls with staff quarters in their communities.
The councilor also appealed to government and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for support in the area of water and sanitation in order to reduce health related cases in ward 24 and other communities in Kailahun district.