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Paramount Chief highlights challenges

Paramount Chief highlights challenges

The Paramount Chief of Sengbe Chiefdom in the Koinadugu, Hon. P.C. Alie Balasama Marah has highlighted some of the pressing challenges that are affecting the District, for what he is calling on the attention of government and development partners to help them solve. He told this press that 85% of the people’s income is through farming, yet there is food insecurity in the district. “We have poor road networks, which makes it difficult for people to take their goods to the market,” he said. (Photo: Hon. PC Alie Balasama Marah of Sengbe Chiefdom )

“We want the government to increase on healthcare delivery services by making available more health centres so as to save the lives of particularly women and children. We are not having quality education given to children because of poor salaries for teachers. Most of our teachers are working on voluntary basis,” says the Hon. Paramount Chief.

He also named the non-availability of electricity supply, which is costing business people a lot to run their generators, as another major challenge.

In spite of these challenges, Hon. P.C. Alie Marah is confident that Koinadugu District has lots of tourism potentials that will serve as a breadbasket to the Government and people of Sierra Leone. He is optimistic that if government and the private sector would invest in Koinadugu’s tourism sector greater transformation will come to the district.

The district, he said has lots of touristic sits like the Loma Mountain, Abetia Mountain, Lake Sonfor, which is one of the best in Africa with natural ship pole; Bintumani Mountain, and have wildlife like elephants, bush cows and beautiful forest areas. These areas, he said are not accessible due to poor roads.

P.C. Alie Marah went further to describe the current security situation in his community as calm and peaceful, as it is one of the most peaceful chiefdoms with a very low crime rate. This, he said is because of the forces are on top of situation. He revealed that they hold meetings with stakeholders to fight Ebola.

District has gone nearly a hundred days without a single case recorded; this is because they are in it together with other relevant stakeholders and the people, who are always willing to abide by the rules and regulations governing the fight.

Through the District, Chiefdom, Section and Village Task Forces, Hon. PC Marah said they are able to strategies well to end Ebola. “With the blessing of Senior Citizens like Momoh Konteh, Dr. Kaifala Marah and others they are able to succeed,” he said, and further notes that the same team is now working to bring development to the District. “We are very harsh with our response, which made us succeed,” he stated.

Hon. P.C. Alie Marah left Parliament to go back to his Chiefdom to end Ebola. This is because, as a Paramount Chief, he recognise his role to protect his people, whom he also represents in Parliament.

It can be recalled that, he called all ten other Paramount Chiefs in the District and divided his Le62million given to him as a Member of Parliament to help in the fight; and also gave his Le28million to all Section Heads for the fight at Chiefdom level.

He has also enjoyed some support from the diaspora, with food and non-food items that he distributed to the targeted beneficiaries.

His transparency and accountability has led to the people reposing confidence on him.

By Jimmy Baimba

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