In Lunsar… Fishermen and farmers complain of bad business
Member of Parliament from Bonthe district, Hon Brima Conteh representing the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has made a formal complaint to the legislative house concerning the experience of low agricultural yield and lesser fishing outputs by fishermen and farmers in Lunsar Township, which he said is due to the increased pressure of mining activities in that northern town.
Making his contribution to the presidential debate in Parliament earlier this week, the SLPP MP, Brima Conteh noted that at present fishermen and farmers in Lunsar are experiencing hard times due to the unbalanced mining of iron ore by London Mining Company, adding that there is a greater unbalance deficit between mining activities and environmental responsibilities in the town and that over 60% of the population depends on these activities as a source of livelihood. He advised Parliament to summon the mining companies in Lunsar before the House so that a thorough investigation can be done to address this environmental situation.
The Parliamentary representative for the opposition SLPP continued that the government of Sierra Leone must also show great interest in developing Bonthe Island as a major tourist attraction, adding that the fishermen in this area are totally dependent on fishing to upkeep their homes.
Hon Conteh said tourism is vital to the economic development of Sierra Leone and will greatly contribute to the economy through high revenue generation when properly taken care of.
In addition, Paramount Chief Member of Parliament, PC Kailondo Banya of Kailahun district supported the call of the MP from Bonthe to develop the tourist value of the island which will in turn create employment for the indigenes.
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