*LEBANON AND KOAQUIMA RESIDENT’S CRIE FOUL*
Lebanon and Koaquima are major communities that forms part of the municipality of Koidu in Tankoro chiefdom and about few kilometers away from the heart of the city.
Few months prior to now, the residents especially those at the old Yengema road axis were raising concerns over the deploring state of the only cobalt bridge that used to link the two communities to other parts. This menace raised too many eyebrows and it consequently led to the death of two teenagers on their way to school during the rains last year.
In responding to the cries of the people, some individuals with consultations and partnership with some chiefdom authorities, Koidu New Sembehun City Council and others opt to voluntarily construct a bridge to help lessen the plight of the people in that community. This according to community sources said dramatically manifested into a large scale illicit mining with the use of escalator and other machines, which is contrary to the mines and minerals act of Sierra Leone.
Many residents and school authorities by the said site expressed dissatisfaction over what they termed as “ugly development “. They expressed optimism that the bridge work may not be actualized should the proceeds of the illicit mining don’t meet the desired expectations of the miners.
Development in Kono has always been amazing with a retrospective direction in that it is been done at the detriment of the people. It could be referenced to the last year (2016) Congo bridge mining which devoured properties and even caused psychosocial problems to some affected persons and even death.
Meanwhile, the National Minerals Agency (NMA) claims that they are not abreast with the alleged illicit mining at Lebanon.
The residents of Koaquima and Lebanon are calling on the authorities concerned to foster active measures to stop the mining and expedite the bridge construction project in order to prevent uprising and disaster at the said locality.
*See photographs of mining site below.*
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