From Lungi with Tears

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By Abu Bakarr Sulaiman Tarawally
The people of Kaffu Bullom and Kamasondo have called on President, Julius Maada Bio to consider Lungi in his development agenda. The north coastal area, which hosts the Freetown International Airport is moribund and in dire need of infrastructure and general development.
Indigents from that part of the country, in a meeting held recently at the Lungi Community centre, pleaded with the Maada Bio led government to consider their siblings for political appointments.
They bemoaned the sacking of Idris Nabi Fofanah from his position as General Manager of the Freetown International Airport through the office of the Chairman, National Commission for Privatization, Umaru Napoleon Koroma.
Idris Nabi Fofanah, according to sources, openly participated in political rallies during the 2018, March polls, in contravention of the civil service code.
Now, in what appears as a solidarity stand by the ditched general manager, the people of Kaffu Bullom are calling on the new direction government to reconsider their decision.
The Kaffu Bullom People’s Solidarity group commended the government for giving them another son of the soil, Eddie Williams, as Chairman, Board of Directors at the Freetown International Airport Authority. However, their loudest cry was for the authorities to reappoint Mr. Fofanah.
N’yilla Othman, the Deputy Chairperson of the Land-owners beneficiaries’ association, said Eddie William’s appointment is a clear indication that the new direction is in line to promoting the development agenda of Kaffu Bullom as Mr. Williams is the second son of the soil ever, after Idris Nabi Fofanah, to have clinched such a high office.
The solidarity group sent a clear message to the government that Mr Fofanah’s sacking was a dent on the development agenda of Kaffu Bullom, given his generous’ hands and quest for development in his short stay in that position.
They resolved to approach the Vice President who is also a son of soil from Kamasondo for him to intervene and plead with President Bio to reinstate the now ditched General Manager.

Abdul Kekuda Suma of Modiya section in Lungi prayed for the new direction to succeed as he said the country would continue to progress in the reign of President Bio. He said there are challenges in running the government but at the local level the government needs to give regular updates to ensure there is no communication gap left in the process.
Other burning issues include the new tax levy for housing and property rates, which according to them is exorbitant and capable of killing plenty businesses in their area.
Many, according to Alhaji Soka Kamara, who chaired the meeting, have decided to fold up businesses because they cannot bear what they described as neck-breaking tax levies.
The frequent power outages by the Electricity, Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), the moribund ferry services and monitoring of the free quality education national project all formed part of the recent outcry.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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