Chief advocates respect for country’s laws
The Chairman of the National Council of Paramount Chiefs, Hon. Paramount Chief Charles Caulker, has urged Sierra Leoneans to respect and obey the laws and values of the nation.
He noted that some citizens as well as foreigners have ignored the laws of the country and are engaged in illegal activities such as illegal mining.
“For instance, the law says anybody who wants to engage in mining shall go to the National Minerals Commission and acquire a license. Therefore, it is not right for illegal miners to use excavators in broad day light to mine,” he said
The Chief who is the Paramount Chief of Bumpeh Chiefdom in Moyamba District was speaking at a meeting involving Paramount Chiefs in the eastern region and officials of the Ministry of Mines, the National Minerals Commission and security officials, Paramount Chief Caulker urged the Office of National Security, the National Minerals Commission and other security agencies to arrest and prosecute all those engaged in illegal mining, stressing that “the laws are made for us and we, as a nation, should respect them because politicians cannot enter our houses and ask us to respect the laws of the country.”
He said due to the lack of respect for the nation’s laws, the Chinese can walk into our country and engage in illegal mining and after being exposed, they have the audacity to assault Sierra Leoneans in their own country and nothing will come out of it. He concluded that it was the citizens of this country who have given the foreigners the opportunity to disrespect the laws of this country.
By Sheik Ahmed
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