At Mount Zion… No Place for Dead Body
One of the most deprived communities in Eastern Freetown, Mount Zion, located at Kola Tree, is reported to be in dire need of a cemetery, a police post, a market structure and a hospital and are calling on the Minister of Trade and Industry, Honorable Alhaji Usu Boie Kamara and the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and Environment to assist them.
During a recent interview with Sierra Express Media, the needy residents recalled that under the administration of the former SLPP minister, Bobson Sesay, the Lands Ministry, in 2006, demarcated state land for them to construct a police post, a market and a hospital but that the ministry failed to demarcate land for community cemetery. The concerned residents noted that since the land was demarcated, it has been wasting as they have no funds to construct the community facilities for which it was provided.
The situation is reported to have become a cause for concern among the community stakeholders who are now pleading earnestly with Usu Boie to help the deprived community with funds to construct especially the market and the hospital. The stakeholders are also calling on the Lands Ministry to aid the community with land for cemetery.
One of the stakeholders, Momoh Bangura, who is the newly-inaugurated Youths Chairman of Mount Zion, disclosed plans to lead a delegation to the Trade Ministry and the Lands Ministry to plead for the construction of a market and the provision of cemetery land for the fast growing community.
Another stakeholder, Alhaji Ibrahim Barrie, pointed out that the lack of cemetery has been constraining them severely as they have to travel long distances to inter the dead. “We want our dead relatives and friends to be buried in our community,” he stressed.
By Ilyasa Baa
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