The chief administrator of Koidu Holdings Limited, Sadiq Sillah, has refuted claims made by the Campaign for Just Mining (CJM) over allegations that his company resettled affected people in incomplete houses.
Briefing the media in Kono, the chief administrator said, “we decided to resettle some of the people before the completion of the structures because some of their premises had already been demolished ahead of the rainy season”.
He stressed further that, “I don’t want to see the people suffer in a situation wherein only minor work needs to be carried out on the final conclusion of the houses.”
“It is better for them to be there while we put final touches to these houses, rather than seeing them moving all over the place,” he noted. Commenting on the allegation that there is no safe drinking water at the resettlement camp, he said the company had put the necessary mechanisms in place by ensuring that “water wells are dug for the general use of the people”.
Mr Sillah also explained how the water wells were dug to be of tremendous benefit to six households, noting that the people had gone the extra mile to provide themselves with one additional well.
He further refuted the allegation of “divide and rule” tactics mentioned by the CJM taskforce. “If the people have not been united as one, the company would have found it difficult to carry out its mining exercise,” he noted.
Sadiq Sillah maintained that, “it was unreasonable for the company to occupy itself formulating strategies that could divide the people.”