Retired Colonel Tom Sahr Nyuma has called for government intervention to salvage the people of Kailahun District from the deplorable road network that has rendered travelling difficult in that part of the country.
His passionate plea was recently made to the Resident Minister East, William Smith during a meeting of Mayors and Chairmen of Kailahun, Kenema and Kono District Councils during the first Provincial Coordinating Council meeting in Kenema.
The purpose of the meeting was to inform the respective Mayors and Chairmen that the Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) will extend its activities to monitoring and evaluation inorder to make the respective councils more viable in their performance.
Giving an overview of work done so far, the Kailahun District Chairman further affirmed that apart from the deplorable road condition, the area is relatively calm in terms of security and that the people are responding positively in honouring their local taxes.
The Resident Minister further outlined certain conducts during the tenure of office of the previous councils; which rendered their performance ineffective, adding that they need to identify these lapses in order to avoid similar circumstances in the future.
He further called on them to put politics aside, remain united and concentrate on developmental issues in the interest of the nation.
Contributing, the Chairman of the Kenema District Council, Patrick Mannah Samu lauded the efforts of the German Agro Action (GAA), UNDP, Golda and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for their tremendous support to the councils in the district especially in the feeder roads construction, bridges and primary health care among others.
He stressed that their major concern is the mining development funds which are not forthcoming to the councils,
His Kono counterpart, John Yambasu intimated that since his assumption of office, they have been able to collect over three hundred millions Leones as revenue from taxes.
The Deputy Mayor Koidu New Sembehun City Council, Aiah Komba pointed out that they have done a market survey and that the youths are cooperating with the council in the development of the city; lamenting that the recent storm disaster in Koidu left several houses destroyed and three people killed including an eight month old baby.
In his update, the Mayor Kenema City Council Brima Kargbo described the meeting as fatherly, noting that it is a move in the right direction; revealing that his council has approached UNICEF, Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) and National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) for the provision of pipe borne water supply for the Koyagbema and Burma communities.
He then appealed to the Resident Minister to ensure that the Government Hospital be devolved to his Council and disclosed that plans are afoot to rehabilitate the Annex Department of the hospital together with the District Council. The Chairmen and Mayors of the three councils unanimously requested for vehicles as those at their disposal are not in working order.
By Saffa Moriba in Kenema