The programme director of Enciss, Mrs. Jennette Eno, has told inhabitants of Sobgimi chiefdom in the Bonthe district that without unity among its citizenry Sierra Leone will not develop.
She made this disclosure in Tihun, the headquarters of the chiefdom, at a solidarity meeting organized by her organisation to observe the coming together of the people after a protracted tension among the elders and the youth.
The programme director emphasized that since the end of the war in the country, there had been numerous challenges facing its people, chief among which is the psychological trauma caused by the war.
Enciss, she told her audience, intervened in the dispute because no development could take place in an atmosphere of chaos, and further noted that she was heartened by the resolve of the people to unite and work towards the chiefdom’s development.
Explaining Enciss’ role, she disclosed that wherever her organization went it took along awareness of government’s programmes and policies, and warned the people not to rely on hearsay.
Mrs. Eno further encouraged the youth to endorse their commitment to working together with the elders for development and for the elders to discourage the youth from bad practices, and further outlined that her organization was open up to criticism.
Responding the regent chief of the chiefdom, Alusine Kortu, commended Enciss for their prompt intervention which, he noted, had brought tension and dissention in the chiefdom, emphasizing on his subject to unite and forget about the past. The youth leader, Junior Sengeh, spoke about the distrust that existed between the elders and the youth, blaming it on the “despotic and corrupt leadership of the previous chiefdom administration.”
Various other groups including the women’s leader and Enciss’ district manager Solomon Bendu made meaningful contributions at the meeting.