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Sierra Leone News: APC Government to …Restore colonial Karene District and create new Province

President koroma

President koroma

President Ernest Bai Koroma officially opened the Fifth Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone on Thursday the 15th of December.
To a packed Parliament, the President spoke about the challenges and successes his government has faced and will face in the future. One of the most interesting elements of the President’s speech came about half way through the monologue.
“We will soon announce the proclamation for the separation of some amalgamated chiefdoms, the restoration of the Karene District, division of Koinadugu into two Districts and the creation of a new province,” President Koroma said.
The President said that they will start the process to restore Karene District and create a new province. In restoring Karene District, the northern district of Koinadugu will be divided into two districts,
Karene was a district that existed before the independence of Sierra Leone in 1961. There are presently three provinces named by their geographic locations  North, South and East. The west is known as the Western Area. With the creation of a new province, people are concerned whether the existing names will change.
President Koroma began his speech with a vow to move the country forward, “to transform its roads, improve electricity, invest in health and improve Sierra Leone’s reputation as a peace-loving, democratic and resilient nation.”
The President took a swipe at critics, including journalists, inviting them into the political ring. “Come to the ring, don’t wait until challenges mount and you start saying how patriotic and wise you are because you never joined in the battle,” he said.
He postulated that there will hopefully be a boom in 2017, going forward with rising iron ore production, increased agricultural activities, tourism, fisheries and infrastructural development.
Friday December 16, 2016

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