Smile lit up faces of the people of Lokomasama Chiefdom in the Port Loko district when the quifel agribusiness on Monday this week made US$ 5000 contribution towards their Community Development Fund as part of their commitment in the lease agreement which was signed a couple of weeks ago.
Before the donation of the $ 5000 cheque Hon. Kombo Kamara representing the Community stated that he has zero tolerance for hypocrisy pointing out that after the signing of lease agreement with quifel agribusiness Sierra Leone Ltd it was rumored that other unspecified companies visited the Chiefdom in search of land. He stated that any attempt by anyone to enter into another agreement with any company after all the 14 sections in the chiefdom had signed with quifel agribusiness would amount to a breach of agreement .The reason he advanced for such observation is most of their traditional chiefs are not au fait with the running of government and besides they are poor and illiterate and can be easily lured into thumb printing any document for meager money.
He therefore admonished the chiefs to confer with their MPs and Councilors on development programmes in the chiefdom, as they are under oath to seek the interest of their people noting that chiefs are custodian of the land but required the supervision of their MPs and Councilors to develop their chiefdom.
He also noted that all investors coming to the chiefdom should notify the constituency MPs and Ward Councilors as they owe responsibility to their chiefs and people. He disclosed that contribution towards the community development fund is not meant to be shared among individuals noting that the bulk of the royalty would go towards the Community Development Fund.
He observed that lease agreement is very crucial in any community development drive but also stated that the memorandum of understanding is equally required for all the parties to the agreement to read and properly digest as there are a lot of development needs in the chiefdom and would expect quifel to start the ball rolling even ahead of the start of the project.
In his contribution Hon. Binneh Bangura also from that area maintained that he is a great admirer to the quifel agribusiness innovation as it is geared towards complimenting government’s foods self sufficiency drive. He said as policy makers they cannot do anything that would be detrimental to the development of their community and urged the inhabitants of Lokomasama to embrace quifel agribusiness as the operation man of Mr. Jonas Coleman has always meant good for the Lokomasama community. He stated that they are hospitable to investors like quifel agribusiness because they want employment for their youths.
The representative of quifel agribusiness in Sierra Leone Rita Rijo said the purpose of the meeting was in line with their earlier commitment in the agreement in which they promised to contribute towards the community development fund after signing ‘ the agreement, assuring that they have already established a bank account for the Lokomasama Community.
She went on to state that , the contribution marked the start of the development of the community pointing out that they always feel at home in Lokomasama and would undertake specific survey of the land to see where to start. By Solomon Rogers