With Local Government election slated for July 5, the people of Kailahun have now braced up for structural and economic development for Sierra Leone and the entire Mano River Basin with a provision of a piece of land for international market in Koindu.
As part of the district’s development plan to reactivate commerce, the inhabitants of the district have allocated some 58 acres of land through the Kailahun district council to the government of Sierra Leone through the Rural Infrastructural Development Project of NaCSA, to erect an international market.
The market, which will serve as a trading centre for the three Mano River countries, will further help to strengthen fraternal relationship among Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.
Giving a flash back of the Koindu market, the chairman of the Kailahun District Council, Augustine Kortu, traced the origin to 1932 when essential goods were brought from China, Dubai and other African countries to be sold at the market.
He said Koindu used to be one of the major revenue bases for government but the vicious rebel war interrupted everything.
He added that the bold initiative of the community people would go a long way to inject economic life into the district, which had been deprived of structural and social developments for far too long. Augustine Kortu expressed profound gratitude to the Fallah Thomas family in making the offer free towards the development of the district.
He urged the construction company and consultant to consider the youth of that community for employment, and admonished the community to give their fullest cooperation towards the success of the project.
The acting director of Rural Infrastructural Development Project, Christian Tucker, said government had funds to construct market and other structures but craved the indulgence of the beneficiaries to give their support to the project.