Honorable Member of Parliament for Constituency 79 in the Bonthe District, Brima Conteh, says President Koroma did not prominently mention Bonthe District in his Agenda for Prosperity, but warns that Bonthe Island is on the brink of sinking and called for construction of a retaining wall at the sea-front to avoid this serious calamity.
He said Bonthe Island is partially sinking into the sea due to collapse of the retaining walls at the sea front of the township, causing severe environment catastrophe to the disappointment of many residents.
He was reacting to the Presidential address, tabled before the Parliament for debate yesterday, which was presented by President Koroma on December 14, last year.
He said his constituency in the Bonthe District, is among the least developed in the district by the Government of Sierra Leone and called for immediate intervention by the President through the Agenda for Prosperity.
He said Mining has also not helped improve the livelihood of many residents, as the District lack good roads, electricity, pipe-borne water and other social amenities for many decades
He also called for a national youth service scheme to be implemented to avoid regional and tribal divide across the country.
He said the Presidential address to Parliament, made no mention of Bonthe in the Agenda for Prosperity, as the District lack good roads, electricity and neglect of its tourism potential and the fishing industry.
The Hon Paramount Chief Kailondo Banya also stated that salaries of Paramount chiefs should be paid promptly and that the government should protect them and they should be removed from political activities while calling for the development of the Kailahun District.
Hon. Claude Kamanda of the APC, commended President Koroma for his efforts in transforming the country and called for his continued support towards development.
The Speaker of the House of Parliament Nathaniel Abel Stronge, cautioned that the debate should commence with a ‘Thank You’ statement from Members of Parliament and the details of the debate on the Presidential address will continue during the week.
By Saidu Bah