Bill Boards highlighting information on the Sierra Leone Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives, has been installed in Moyamba District. This activity is the last to follow a series of sensitization actions conducted in Bonthe and Moyamba districts in December 2010.
The project: “Popularization and Public Education on EITI Process at sub-regional level in Sierra Leone” was implemented by members of the National Advocacy Coalition on Extractives and supervised by the Secretariat in six districts in the country.
Green Scenery, ICOD and CCA-SL were the NACE members that implemented the intervention in Bonthe Island, Moriba Town, Kpetema and Moyamba city.
One of the activities of the project was to create visibility for the EITI process in Sierra Leone by ensuring that bill boards carrying EITI messages are installed in the targeted districts.
The installation of the bill board in Moyamba symbolizes that Moyamba district is fully in support of the implementation of the EITI in Sierra Leone.
At the installation ceremony, Mr. Daniel Harding, a member of the Moyamba District EITI platform established by NACE, thanked the coalition, GTZ (now GIZ) and SLEITI for providing the funds and technical support for the promotion of accountable and transparent mining in the Moyamba district.
Solomon Kowah, a youth leader, lauded government’s effort in working with civil society in ensuring that mining benefits host communities and the country.
He described his participation in the bill board installation ceremony as a ‘symbol of ownership of the process.’ Kowah appealed to the companies to consider youths in their employment schemes, stating that “youths can be agents of sustainable development.”
The second bill board is on its way to be installed in Bonthe Island. A source in the Bo Office of Green Scenery said movement to the island is usually difficult, but they are doing everything to ensure that the bill board is installed very soon. “Already, the Bonthe bill board is in Moriba Town waiting to be taken to Yagoi for onward transportation by boat to Bonthe Island.”
By Saidu Bah