“Tribe Wanted has big plans” …Says John Obey chief
Chief Hassan Marrah of John Obey community, situated in the Western Area peninsular, has assured his people that Tribewanted, a non-profit making Eco-tourism based organization, has big plans for them.
Chief Hassan Marrah made this remark at a community meeting held to update residents about the activities of Tribewanted and the plans in place to give the community a face lift, using its huge eco-tourism potential as the gateway.
According to Chief Hassan, the community has started seeing signs of development since Tribewanted commenced operations there two years ago, adding that the organization’s principles are in line with President Ernest Bai Koroma’s agenda for change initiative.
He heaped praises on the management of Tribewanted for what he referred to as the move taken to transform what was mainly a fishing community, into a tourist centre.
Chief Hassan expressed optimism that the community stands to benefit a lot from eco-tourism, adding that a booming tourist industry has the greatest potential of ensuing both community and national development.
He therefore seized the opportunity of calling on the government and people of Sierra Leone to make agricultural development and eco-tourism their priority, noting that the emphasis on diamonds and other mineral resources over the years has only plunged the country into chaos rather than bringing about much needed development.
He assured Tribewanted of their cooperation, stating that they are particularly happy over the way and manner members of the organization have been relating with them. He also pointed out that the organization has associated with their plight as a poor and underprivileged community, and has offered to give them a new hope.
He said the community receives the sum of Two Million Leones monthly from Tribewanted as a free will offer meant for development purposes. He went on to state that the organization has undertaken a couple of community development initiatives such as the on-going rehabilitation of the existing school, composed toilets, hand pumps, the introduction of solar energy and perma culture, and training in self-employment and kitchen management skills.
He also spoke about plans by Tribewanted to create a micro finance scheme for business men and women within the community and to embark on other initiatives geared towards improving the livelihood of the people and making the John Obey beach community a sure place to be.
By Abdul Razaqq Kamara
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