Personalizing Mining Grants
Sierra Leone Government has been disbursing bulky sums of money as mining grants to develop mining chiefdoms right across this country but we have gathered that the grants are being constantly misused with impunity by some unpatriotic and non-developmental Paramount Chiefs who personalize the grants.
This press has been informed that some corrupt Paramount Chiefs have frustrated the efforts of the Presidential Task Force recently deployed to the provinces to check on the use of the grants. Many Paramount Chiefs are reported to have refused to answer to members of the task force. The defiant Paramount Chiefs are reported to be boasting that the mining grants are their personal monies and that nobody should audit them on how they expend what government generously donated to them.
We have learnt that the Paramount Chief of Jaiama Bongor Chiefdom, Momodu Gbow is especially notorious for personalizing and misusing the mining grants which he lodges in his personal account, expending the monies as and when he likes without consulting anybody. Therefore, the mining grants have little or no benefit on the chiefdom.
We are fully aware that the mining grants are meant for the development of the mining chiefdoms but now that the Paramount Chiefs are boasting that the grants belong to them, we shall be grateful if government makes a public pronouncement telling this nation that the grants belong to the chiefdoms, not the Paramount Chiefs.
This medium is also calling on the Anti-Corruption Commission to mount a vigorous investigation into the use of the mining grants and to bring to justice any Paramount Chief who is caught depriving his chiefdom of the grants by converting the huge sums of monies to his or her personal. We should not allow impunity to flourish.
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