Sand Mining threatens Eco-Tourism in Bureh Town
One main source of income for some residents of Bureh Town in the Western Rural District of Sierra Leone is Eco-Tourism which over the years is being threatened due to the persistent sand mining in the neighbouring John Obey community.
The manager for Austra Leone, Prince Williams informed the Sierra Express Media that there is need for government to intervene and prevent the ruination Bureh Beach which is the main point of attraction for most visitors and tourists. He said the rampant sand taking activity is alarming to them because it has the potential to create negative impact on the environment.
Prince underscored that a good number of school-going children are supported by tourists in terms of education; noting that the economic status of most parents and guardians is low to face the schooling expenditures.
Prince revealed that the politics surrounding the village head man election still lingers within in the community being that the former Head Man Gibrilla Bendu is not cooperative. He said majority of the youths and elders in the community have seen the need to cooperate with the new Headman, Michael Tucker, for the development and growth of the community.
Michael Tucker told Sierra Express over the weekend that he is trying to partner with the Sierra Leone Police for security of the community. He stated that with cooperation amongst the residents, they would be able to achieve success in terms of constructing their much desired hospital and community centre which have never existed in that community.
Christiana Williams, a business woman, admitted in an interview that the political tension following the endorsement of Tucker by the National Electoral Commission in June this year. She denied that her husband ever flogged her for supporting any candidate in the previously conducted village headman election as was misunderstood by the media.
Former Village Headman of Bureh Town, Gibrilla Bendu said over a short phone conversation that he is not an enemy of progress in that community as being vindicted by some community elders recently. He said he would find time to respond appropriately to the claims by people that he does not want to cooperate with the new Headman.
By Ilyasa Baa
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