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APC Lies Exposed in Pujehun
By Aruna Turay
Nov 26, 2010, 17:14
The Awareness Times investigative team continues to unearthed sheer fabrications of the Ernest Bai Koroma led presidency.
Launched by His Excellency the President, Ernest Bai Koroma, in September this year, the self-drafted and published ‘report card’ of the APC titled: “Sierra Leone: The Turn Around, Three Years of Transformative Achievements”, mischievously contained more of lies, and this piece will focus on the lies the presidency published about developmental projects in the Pujehun District.
|Pujehun District Council Chairman Saddiq Sillah posed for Awareness Times after the Interview in Pujehun Town.|
As the dust is yet to settle on the Tondola scandal, where the APC presidency lied that they have constructed a Junior Secondary School at Tondola Junction but later proven by the Awareness Times to be a white-lie, this reporter, over the weekend, stormed the southern district of Pujehun on an assignment to verify whether the developmental projects the APC claimed to have undertaken there were anything to go by.
In Page 38 of the aforementioned report card, the Ernest Koroma Government states thus: “Pujehun District Council: Rehabilitation of the twin Makibi river bridges linking Gobaru in the Panga Krim Chiefdom and Pujehun Town; rehabilitation of two senior staff quarters equipped with household furniture and utensils at Pujehun Township; construction of a 3 classroom primary school including the Head Teacher’s office, stores, 3 VIP toilets, a hand pump well and furniture at Liya, Kpaka Chiefdom; construction of Youth Resource Center at Pujehun Township; construction of Tourist Center at Sulima, Soro Gbema Chiefdom”.
|PMDC's Pujehun Secretary posed with Awareness Times Aruna Turay after an Interview in Pujehun Town.|
This reporter was stunned to learn from the people in the Pujehun District that the aforementioned projects are figments of the APC’s imagination.
At his Kai-Kai Street residence, Pujehun Town, on Sunday 21stÂ November 2010, Chairman, Pujehun District Council, Mr. Sadiqq Sillah, was gripped with shock and disbelief to behold the lies that emanated from the presidency in its turnaround report card, and made no secret about his dissatisfaction over the fabrications against his district.
|Former Pujehun Town Hall now APC's Pujehun Office on Stooke Road Pujehun Town.|
“As far as I know, there is no Youth Resource Center at Pujehun Township. There is no Tourist Center at Sulima. There is no newly constructed three classroom primary school that has head teacher’s office, stores, 3 VIP toilets, hand pump well and furniture at Liya. And since the twin Makibi river bridges linking Gobaru in the Panga Krim Chiefdom and Pujehun Town was constructed several years ago, there has been no construction neither rehabilitation work done on them,” he pointed out, adding: “It therefore pains me, as the first gentleman in this district, and my people to behold such lies from the APC”.
The Pujehun District Chairman told the Awareness Times that the district used to have a community hall which was being used as a youth resource center prior to the assumption of power of the APC.
|Chief of Sulima, Soro Gbema Chiefdom and Aruna Turay of Awareness Times Newspaper in Sulima Town.|
“When the APC assumed power in 2007, they seized the hall and transformed it to their provincial office in Pujehun,” Chairman Sillah exposed, adding that the people have since been calling on government through NaCSA to provide them a youth resource center but to no avail.
There used to be a German Government funded programme called KFW in Pujehun, but according to the District Chairman, the project was halted as a result of mismanagement by NaCSA.
“During the tenure of that project, the people of Pujehun identified locations for a proposed youth resource center, a mini stadium, and other facilities, but all of these never actualized as there was not even a single document signed to that effect,” he explained.
|The So-called APC Rehabilitated Twin Makibi River Bridges Linking Gobaru in the Panga Krim Chiefdom and Pujehun Town.|
According to Chairman Sillah, the people of Pujehun are not happy, especially with regards the seizure of their youth resource center by the APC. “What have compounded the situation are the lies the APC have resorted to instead of providing us a youth resource center,” he pointed out.
He promised that the Pujehun District Council will soon come out with a statement with regards the lies printed and published worldwide against his district, adding that the issue has already been raised in two of their council meetings.
In Sulima, Soro Gbema Chiefdom, where the APC boasted that it has constructed a Tourist Center, Town Chief Sheka Massaquoi wasted no time to rebuke the APC claim when contacted by this reporter.
|Sulima Chief and His Chiefdom Speaker Posed for Awareness Times.|