Kono District Council Chairman Speaks out
The outgoing Chairman of the Kono District Council, Sahr John Yambasu, has made it clear on CTN radio panel discussion held earlier this week that since his inception at council in 2008, he has been working unremittingly with his council executives in making sure that Kono becomes a better place to live, more than other districts in the country. (Photo: youths in Kono)
He disclosed that Kono was among the districts seriously devastated by the rebels during this country’s eleven-year civil conflict.
Mr. Yambasu said Kono District council came into full operation in 2004, but as the chairman of a new council, he found little or no structures in place.
In that regard he set out his priorities, the first being to give the council a facelift in terms of initiating development programmes for the district. He added that his developmental drive included roads construction, rehabilitation of bridges, building of schools, investing in agriculture, establishing of ward committee and the construction of offices for chiefdom headquarter towns.
He disclosed that Kono has two sets of youths: youths engaged in mining and those engaged in farming. The number of youths in mining, he went on, dominate those in the farming sector, reason being that Kono youths were generally lazy, having little interest in agriculture as they devoted much of their time and energy to mining diamonds.
While unfolding his developmental envelop, Mr. Yambasu explained that in the 2008-2009 farming season, he donated six thousand bushels of seed rice to farmers in the district at a minimal recovery rate after harvest, adding that part of his development agenda was to also partner with NGOs who were interested in agriculture and who he said are presently working with council to boost the agriculture sector in the district.
The result of that partnership was manifested in 2009 with Kono having a bumper harvest in rice production that year. “From then the Kono people grow interest in farming,” he disclosed.
Commenting on road construction, the district chair further disclosed that he has rehabilitated and transformed 96% of the wooden bridges into road safety bridges.
Explaining further, the outgoing chairman said he has also completed the first phase of the construction exercise of the Kaikondu Road in Koidu town, Ngandon Road, Motema, Ngayah and many more.
The construction of feeder roads for easy access to agriculture products is among the development he has almost completed, he added.
In education, Mr. Yambasu spoke about the construction of 34 primary schools across the district, boasting that council has plans to build more junior and senior secondary schools to add to the existing ones, and that council has constructed offices in all the 14 chiefdoms in Kono district.
The chairman revealed that plans are underway to construct the road linking Matotoka highway to Koidu town.
He finally implored all Konotonians to exercise patience as council has plans to transform the district into one that indigenes will proud of with the provision of electricity, pipe borne water and better health care facilities.
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