By Hassan G. Koroma
During ten days of nationwide sensitisation and distribution of the third edition of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative report, residents of Pujehun and Kailahun expressed their satisfaction with the initiative, due to the fact that it’s aim is to promote the interest of the citizenry.
Speaking at both public meetings in the southern and eastern districts, Acting National Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (SLEITI), Ms. Miner Horis, explained the EITI process and what the country can benefit from the initiative.
She said the EITI would help to reduce corruption and promote transparency by enabling the public to be informed about the quantum of money being paid to government by mining companies operating in the country.
She called on residents of both districts to embrace the EITI, noting that the initiative does not only operate in Sierra Leone, but in other mineral rich countries across the world.
Sylvester M. Kamara, who chaired the meeting in Pujehum said conflict might erupt if the mismanagement of natural mineral resources was sustained. “Chiefdoms will continue to fight chiefdoms, individuals will continue to fight each other,” he ominously pronounced.
On his part, Assistant District Officer of Kailahun District, Augustine Fogbei called on the people of Kailahun to disseminate information about the EITI in the district.