For almost two months now, a total of forty-one (41) family heads with an array of dependants are helpless in the villages of Robun and Mayamana in Masimra Chiefdom, Port-Loko district, following the destruction of their properties by a wild bush fire on February 28.
Frantic efforts by the villagers, especially inhabitants of the thirty-two (32) houses that were gutted by the raging inferno, to recover their lives have been fruitless.
Farming activities which have not been too productive in the chiefdom as a result of land degradation have altogether worsened their living standards, forcing some inhabitants to seek greener pastures in mining communities.
In the wake of this malaise, the Member of that locality which covers constituency 58, Hon. Saidu Baba Kamara, having visited the community just after the incident provided social support to the already impoverished constituents.
Assisted by the African Minerals Mining Company, the Hon. Member, after being intimated about food scarcity in the chiefdom, hassled around stakeholders and relevant authorities to come to the aid of his constituents- a process which saw the supply of a bag of rice to each of the fire victims.
Owing to the enormity of destruction that was meted out, especially on school-going children both primary and secondary, the MP also provided learning materials to parents of those, whose school materials were consumed by the wild fire.
At a handing-over ceremony on Sunday in each of the two villages, the Village Elder of Robun, Pa Hassan Fornah lamented that since the fire incident, his subjects have been managing accommodation with others in the village; a situation he confessed has derailed most of their seasonal activities in the village in particular and the chiefdom as a whole.
He told the gathering that those whose houses were devoured by the wild fire have had their situation quite unappealing as all of them were already managing their poor state of affairs. Therefore, he noted, the intervention of their MP in providing the needed support was worthy.
The HeadMaster of United Methodist Primary School, Abu John Kamara re-echoed that his pupils have hardly participated in school activities following the incident, as most of them did not only lose their books but their school uniforms and shoes as well, which their parents (already impoverished) cannot afford at the moment.
He said that the philanthropic move made by Hon. S.B. Kamara was welcome news all over the constituency, as he has shown maximum care and support for them in times of diffiulty.
Elders in the village of Mayamana expressed similar sentiments, while reiterating that Hon. Kamara’s show of responsibility in their present predicament would go a long way in their minds, as they grapple with psychological issues bordering around the fire incident.
Without belabouring the gesture, he made to his constituents, Hon. Baba Kamara in a short remark told the gathering that they should be more cautious of their environment, especially with activities that deplete the land and damage the environment.
He also sufficiently sensitized his constituents on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus, which he said has been found in neighboring Liberia and Guinea, and explained to them preventive strategies as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
He assured them of always ready to provide the necessary care and support when the needs arise.
By Poindexter Sama
Tuesday April 15, 2014