Accommodation facilities for Customs officials based at Jendema, a village situated at the Mano River bridge was completely burnt down on Monday, 23rd August, 2010.
Philip Lappia a Custom Collector Officer attached to the Jendema Crossing Post with Bo Water Side on the other side of the border on the Liberia side said the fire incident was noticed shortly after he and his colleagues returned from a Road work exercise.
He disclosed that the cause of the fire accident has not been ascertained but however confirmed to the press that the accident might have occurred by a generator which is normally kept in a kitchen apartment of the lodge. Lappia explained that when the fire accident was noticed by villagers they rushed to the scene to put off the inferno but that yielded no dividend. He also confirmed that there was no human casualty during the sad event. Philip Lappia revealed that the entire building, working equipment and valuable documents worth millions of Leones were all destroyed. The Custom Collector Officer praised the effort of the community people who went to their aid in diverse ways.
Meanwhile the National Revenue Authority (NRA) has issued a Press Release which states that on Monday August 23rd 2010 there was a fire outbreak in one of their staff living quarters at the NRA’s Customs Post in Jendema on the Liberia-Sierra Leone border.
The incident the release says has in no way affected the revenue collection in the border posts. Normal work continues at the Customs Post the release concluded
By Saffa Moriba