Sierra Leone Pupils Strike Against Land Grabbers
Hundreds of pupils of Huntingdon Secondary School at Jui on the outskirts of Freetown on Monday 29th October, 2018 staged a non-violent protest to reclaim their school land that has been allegedly encroached upon by land grabbers.
The irate but non-violent pupils were chanting, “We want our school land and buildings back” as they awaited the Minister of Lands, Housing and the Environment, Dr. Dennis Sandy (in photo) to investigate the land dispute between the school and the purported land encroachers at their school campus.
One Sergeant Nabieu Kamara and team attached to the Jui Police Post however cautioned the pupils not to go ahead with the protest until they were given the green light by the police. According to the police sergeant, the land saga is not a new matter and that the school need to threat cautiously in addressing it.
Sgt. Nabieu Kamara interrogated the Vice Principle as to whether he knew about the protest, but the latter replied in the negative, saying that even the Principal, Madam Masaquoi has just left for medical checkup and would not respond on the issue until his boss returns. The Vice Principal however admonished the pupils to remain calm.
Some of the irate pupils spoke on the issue saying, “We want our land and buildings back because we have serious accommodation problem at the moment as government is demanding for free quality education through the creation of one-shift system.”
One of the pupils, Aminata Sandy asserted that if the Government wants them to be part of the free quality education programme, it must urgently address their land issue by retrieving it from land grabbers so that the once boarding home school.
By Alhassan Bangura
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