The resident minister East, William Juana Smith, has called on diamond dealers in eastern Sierra Leone to corporate with government for the development of the country.
Mr Smith was addressing Sierra Leoneans and foreign nationals at his Maxwell Khobe Street office in Kenema city.
He said all those who had not renewed their dealer and other licenses should do so now as the government was not ready to tolerate any unacceptable activities of dealers.
The resident minister East maintained that the mining industry in this country accounted for a large percent of the country’s revenue but that most miners and dealers were invading taxation which, he said, would not help in the country’s development.
The government mining engineer, Ibrahim S. Barrie, said they were working very hard to stop dealers who were using their shops to buy diamonds and other minerals.
He encouraged the dealers to renew their license and always corporate with the staff of the mines department in the exercise of their duty.