The Mining and Extractive Component of the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), has unveiled signboards on just mining in Kenema city.
During the unveiling ceremony at Wahman Abu road, the Mayor of Kenema City Council Brima Kargbo described the ceremony as historic, emphasizing that the exercise is an indication of the peoples’ quest for responsible mining, as mining has not benefited the average Sierra Leonean. He added that most mining communities are living in appalling conditions, especially in terms of good roads and infrastructure.
He lauded the efforts of the NMJD for the advocacy drive on just mining in the country.
Mayor Kargbo however called on members of the civil society to continually engage government to revisit some of the mining agreements so that the people would benefit from mining proceeds.
Madam Sunnah Bundu, the Programme Manager Mining and Extractive of the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), in her statement noted that the mining and extractive component of her organization plays an advocacy role in educating the masses on responsible mining in the country, as this will bring about economic gains and development to the entire country and the mining communities in particular.
She said that other areas in the country like Bo in the South, Freetown in the Western Area, Tongo and Kono in the East will also benefit from the project.
Madam Sunnah Bundu called on the people of Kenema city and the region as a whole to support the campaign for just mining, as this would enhance sustainable development in Sierra Leone. She pointed out that the inscription on the signboards would serve as a slogan to call people’s attention to join the campaign strategy for just mining in the country. The inscription on the signboard reads Sierra Leone resources will not last for ever, practice responsible mining.