Deputy Party Chairman donates: Lebanese committee vows to boost Makeni City Council
Some northern residents have described the latest monthly cleaning exercise as coordinated and organized, while others say it is not. Coincidentally, the Lebanese Committee has along the line, vowed to contribute in the next exercise.
Last Saturday’s general monthly cleaning in Makeni was seen to have pulled the highest participatory youth groups within the city. It went with the active involvement of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, the military and police officers.
One of the participatory groups such as the Sierra Leone Red Cross society in that part of the country, did not hesitate to complain that they encountered minor problems with assigned vehicles, especially along Rogbane and Magburaka Roads, which they claim, were flippantly high jacked by individuals like Councilors, says Youth Chairman, for the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Bombali district, Abu Bakarr Samura. He advised that, for more successful cleaning exercises, Council must do all they can to indentify group leaders who could further apportion themselves into formidable groups across the city, before cleaning day.
Samura suggests a “food-for-work” method to energize the volunteers, like they often take from their pockets to encourage their staff and volunteers in similar national undertakings.
Nevertheless, bulks of residents say they are ok with last Saturday’s cleaning exercise, regardless some packed garbage in some parts of the city till date, either as a result of the grabbed lorries or otherwise.
In other words, the deputy Bombali district Chairman for the All Peoples Congress Party, (APC) Pa-Issa Kanu , is reported to have donated some undisclosed garbage trash cans to the Makeni City Council. He, at the same time, hired some youths to tackle some areas like Mabanta, Magburaka and Rogbane Roads respectively. In a telephone interview, the deputy Chairman noted that the gesture did not come by surprise, but rather an obligation to his people and the APC Party he serves. Gesture, donation or offering does not mean, one must have acquired wealth, but instead, the little one can timely give towards nation building, devoid of what the nation can strenuously offer a citizen, the deputy Chairman exhausted, adding: it is each and every citizen’s role to compliment the efforts of Council and the central government instead of embarking on baseless criticisms, bashings and “pull down syndromes”. This is not my stopping point; I will do more as I put things together, since the “Agenda for Prosperity” requires everybody’s meaningful contribution and not destruction, the deputy Chairman maintained.
Meanwhile, a prominent, popular and highly respected Lebanese businessman with a difference, Ahmed Shabban, has assured during last Saturday’s collective monthly general cleaning exercise in the northern city that, it is incumbent on them as businessmen to fully participate in every meaningful spheres of national activity and development, whether directly or indirectly invited.
Shabban, promised to engage his Lebanese brothers and sisters ahead of next month general cleaning exercise, where he noted, the Lebanese Committee is expected to help with tools and other related needs to further energize the voluntary cleaners whom he acknowledge, are doing a very good job. Shabban is one of the few Lebanese businessmen that partake in whatever developmental event that concerns the state, Community and the Bombali Sebora Chiefdom in particular, a trader, Abdul Turay confirms, describing Shabban as a true Sierra Leonean Lebanese.
SLAJ-VP, Stanley Bangura interviews ADDAX Human Resource’s Festus Lewis
A highly commended youth group in last Saturday’s cleaning exercise was the “friends of the dead”. This group, according to one Councilor Howard of Ward 89 in Constituency 28, did extremely well for brushing the bushy city cemetery, from where Lam-Tales and his jobseekers had stopped. This group did not ask for a single cent, neither tools, nor anything. Such is hardly seen in today’s young men and women, Councilor Howard stated. The Lam-Tales jobseekers also actively participated. They however received a booster sum of two-hundred thousand Leones from Honorable Martin Bangura of Constituency 31 in the Makarie Gbantie Chiefdom, Bombali district, northern Sierra Leone. Considering the efforts of the Lam-Tales jobseekers that pulled the largest number of cleaners, Honorable Martin Bangura being a Co-proprietor for VINMART Security Agency, has promised to incorporate some of the jobseekers into his Agency, but did not state when and how many he will eventually employ. Additionally, ADDAX Human Resource Officer-Festus Lewis was also active in the exercise. He assured that his Company will also be joining the exercise and perhaps, the jobseekers will be lucky to be incorporated when the need shall have come. The exercise was supervised by the deputy Mayor of Makeni city, Councilor Isatu Fornah alongside the Vice President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Mr. Stanley Robin-White Bangura Jr.
Going to press, effort to contact the Chief Administrator and Mayor of the Makeni City Council for comments, proved futile.
By Alie Mozart Sesay, Makeni
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