Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Residents of Bunumbu in Kailahun District, who have long grappled with the inconvenience of traveling to distant towns for fuel, can now breathe a sigh of relief. The enterprising 60-year-old businessman, Amara James, officially opened a new NP gas station, ushering in a new era of accessibility and economic potential for Bunumbu and its neighbouring towns.
This crucial investment not only caters to the needs of Bunumbu’s 7,355 inhabitants but also serves four major surrounding towns – Malema, Mandu, Penguia, and Peje West.
During the lively opening ceremony, NP’s CEO, Kobi Walker, acknowledged the historical significance of Bunumbu and the challenges its residents faced. He recognized the resilience of the community, noting that the aftermath of war had forced residents to seek essential services in larger towns. With the establishment of the gas station, Walker emphasized the transformative impact it could have on the lives of Bunumbu’s residents.
Walker expressed optimism that NP’s presence would attract additional businesses to the area. He highlighted the ongoing construction of Bunumbu’s Teachers College, underlining the community’s contribution to education in Sierra Leone and beyond.
The CEO announced plans to introduce a sophisticated card system for fuel purchases, showcasing the station’s commitment to modernizing operations. He also highlighted that the fuel pumps at Bunumbu’s gas station are among the most advanced in the country.
While delivering his speech, Walker cautioned against the black market affecting the business and expressed gratitude for the presence of the Local Unit Commander (LUC), Deputy Superintendent of Police Ansumana Conteh.
Deputy Superintendent Conteh emphasized the importance of community policing, urging collaboration between the police and residents to safeguard the investment. Security, he stressed, is a collective responsibility, advocating for unity within the community and cautioning against envy.
Yusifu Alusine Mogue, the Okada Union Chairman, recognized the sacrifices made by residents who previously travelled long distances for fuel. He called on the community to actively protect the new establishment, emphasizing a collective duty to ensure its success and prevent negative influences.
With the NP gas station now operational, Bunumbu is filled with anticipation, hopeful that this development will not only meet immediate needs but also pave the way for a more prosperous economic future. OG/12/2/2024