Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC) Chairman Kasho Holland Cole has called on the Minister of Lands Dr Denis Sandy to take down the signpost he erected at Grafton as he did not follow the correct process. The Chairman said he was informed by members of the Grafton Community that the Minister of Lands has erected a signpost naming the area Paopa Town, without first consulting with WARDC. “This area has different political members and tribes and to name a town Paopa is a recipe for disaster because those that are not SLPP will feel threatened and if there is a change of government those that are SLPP will be lynched. So such should not have been done by the Minister.” Chairman Kasho Cole said when the Minister wanted to erect the signpost he called on the Counselor who made it clear that she would not be part of the process if the Minister did not consult WARDC, and she refused to be part of the ceremony and she in turn asked the council whether they have any correspondence towards that program. “We have written series of letters to the Minister of Lands and we have tried in several ways to reach the him but to no avail. So we have decided the we would have a council meeting on Thursday and after the meeting if the Minister refuses to put down the signpost then we will go ahead and remove it.” The Chairman said to change the name of a street or village one has to go through the council and they have the authority to effect the change. He said many people have applied for change of name and WARDC has granted them their request after meeting the criteria, but for an individual to go and just erect such signpost is rather unusual.
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Some of the people Awoko spoke to said they are not comfortable as they would not want politics to divide them or to move them away. They said when the Minister went to erect the signpost most of them when they saw the name on the signpost they immediately left because they would not want politics to divide them. “We are still appealing to the Minister to get the signpost down and follow the due process. I know he is in charge of all land in Sierra Leone and as he is telling people to follow due process to acquire land so is the same way I am telling him to follow the due process to change the name of a town or street in WARDC.” He said WARDC will follow the due process and they will take the signpost down after they have met on Thursday because they are in control of the area and they would not allow the minister to come into their constituency to bring disrepute. Chairman Kasho said people in Grafton are living in peace and that is what they want. They do not want politics to divide the people who have been living in peace. The people of Grafton are happy and they are supporting WARDC to take effect soonest before the area erupts into chaos.
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