More Disaster for Salone!
If the massive deforestation exercises that have gripped our reserved forests in the provinces and the Western Area of the country are not minimized or stopped, desertification and untold disasters will ensue. Precedence must be taken from the many related and despicable disasters that have been recorded during the rainy season. As hardship and reckless poverty strengthen its hold on the vulnerable masses in the country; such happenings are definitely not a good omen for the country’s well-being.
All over the country, the rate at which we are loosing our forest reserves is alarming as logging and other economic activities keep taking their toll on our once priced but now dying ecosystem.
The amazing truth is that forest reserves throughout the country are being desecrated on a daily basis and with impunity. Officers charged with the protection of those reserves are the very ones pioneering the trade of forest resources for economic good.
Sierra Express observed with dismay when we spotted a very senior conservation officer returning home after some conservation exercises with his Toyota Hilux van loaded with countless number of bags of coal, apparently burned from the very forest he was meant to protect.
For the past two months, media reports have reported that the West Africa Sub-region have been blighted by series of flood incidents to which Sierra Leone is no exception as lives were lost in many separate disastrous occasions.
Environmentalist have even feared that the last boat incident that left over two hundred people dead is attributed to turbulent seas that resulted from the many flooding incidents that occurred in the sub-region a couple of days before the tragic event.
According to weather forecasts, more heavy rains will fall before the year ends; leaving the rest of us wondering how much disaster we are yet to record due to our undue venturing with our environment.Â Â
Ministry of Agriculture officials say that more and more logging company are shooting up. Their emergence coupled with the series of illegal tampering into forest reserves will make the situation more hopeless.
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