Land Dispute Intensifies at Met Department CCFN Calls for President’s Intervention
The Executive Director, Climate Change Forum Network (CCFN), Amara Salami Kanu has called on His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to intervene and bring lasting solution to the alleged land grabbing issue within the Meteorological Department compound on Charlotte Street. (Photo: Executive Director, CCFN, Amara Salami Kanu)
Kanu maintained that the land was reserved to build a Meteorological School so that young people can be train on weather and climate change related issues adding that the department is charged with the responsibility of weather forecast.
According to the Director, the land which is currently under construction was leased to a Fullah Business man by the Freetown City Council (FCC) and expressed anger that a month ago they were not only attacked by some Metropolitans Police Officers but they were also pushed out of the compound with remarks that the land in conflict belongs to Freetown City Council.
They humbly appealed to President Koroma to set a Commission of Enquiry to know about the reality of the land which has been under the control of the department since 1924.
According to the civil society activist, if the Meteorological Department retains the said disputed land, it will save Government from extravagant spending because students who may interested in the course will easily be trained in the country.
He extended gratefulness to President Koroma and his able Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogoun Koroma for robustly transforming the Meteorological Department to an agency. The Director concluded by stating that they decided to draw the attention of the President because they have done all what they could to get back the land in question but their effort seem to be proven futile.
Contacting the Public Relations Officer of Freetown City Council, Cyril Mathew replied that he doesn’t have much knowledge about the said disputed land but if anyone claims to be rightful owner of the land should write Freetown City Council or any responsible department for further action to be taken.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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