The misconception of Koidu Holdings’ expansion project by inhabitants of Tankoro Chiefdom has been grounded by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Alhaji Minkalu Mansaray at a meeting held at the Tankoro N.A. Court Barry last Saturday.
Addressing a jam- packed consultative and sensitization meeting, Mr. Mansaray emphasized that “no mining will take place within the 500 extended affected areas,” stressing that their relocation is to avoid any destruction within the 500 meters blast safety zone.
However, he cautioned inhabitants that the benefits the chiefdom is deriving from Koidu Holdings should not be limited to Tankoro alone, but for the entire people of Kono in general.
The Mineral Resources Minister encouraged the resettled community to ensure that they embark on agriculture, and also implored Koidu Holdings to assist in providing farming tools for them.
Government, the Minister emphasized, has deemed it fit to purchase a school bus for the school going pupils within the resettlement zone to address their transportation problems, and implored the womenfolk to ensure that they set up a cooperative society in order to meet the demands of a micro-finance.
Earlier in her statement, the Chairperson of Kono District Council (KDC), Madam Diana Konomani emphasized that “the problem she and her people have in the district is the misconception not only on mining, but other activities in works of life.”
She lamented that most of the educated ones are misleading their parents’ folks, stressing that “because of our selfish ends, we tend to mislead our parents thus paving the way for violence.”
Furthermore, she lamented that the district was severely affected by the war as no house was left untouched, and after the end of the decade-long conflict, “Kono is still crawling to stand up, despite the fact that many mining companies are operating within the District.”
The Kono District Council Chairperson stressed that things are now changing and that the district has lost the stigma as the ‘bread winner’ of the country, and that the big bluff that its was from Kono, has been lost, coupled with lack of employment.
She called on government to ensure the protection of Koidu Holdings which is the only serious mining company in the district, and spoke about her strides to bridge the gap between the company and the people.