APC aspirant says poor administration wrecks WARDC


September 22, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai

Kasho Cole: APC aspirant for the Chairmanship of Western Area Rural District Council

Aspiring candidate for the Chairmanship of the Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC), under the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party, Kasho J. Holland-Cole, has claimed that the council has over the years been wrecked by poor administrators.

Kasho Cole, as he is fondly called by his admirers, made the above claim in an interview with Concord Times on Wednesday and promised to run a council that would be able to generate its own revenue for improved service delivery, if elected Chairman of the council in the March 7 poll.

“If I am elected Chairman of WARDC, I will ensure that the council does not only rely on central government’s funds for its daily operations, the administrators should embark on massive revenue generation and the revenue that is generated should be used to develop the district,” he said.

He cited lots of revenue generation areas in the district, which he said  includes the beaches, sand mining, quarries that are used by contractors to make roads, fishing communities, shops and boats licenses, and house rates, among others.

“There are big communities in the district with modern structures especially in areas like Goderich, IMATT, Hill Station, Leicester, Gloucester, Regent, Hamilton, Sussex, among others, and the owners of those structures would be encouraged to pay property rates. I will ensure that revenue mobilization drive is top of my agenda because when there is fund in the council, we would be able to effect improved service delivery,” he said, adding that he will also encourage residents in the district to pay their taxes by implementing development projects in their communities.

He observed that the reason for the underdeveloped state of the district is that the leadership of the council has not been monitoring the administration of some of the issues in the council, a situation he said he would be addressed as soon as he takes over the mantle of leadership.

Kasho Cole claimed that the leadership of the council was being sabotage by people within his administrative caucus.

“As politicians, there is one thing we should take into consideration. We are answerable to the people that elect us into various offices. We should not make them to suffer for what they deserve. If I become the chairman of the council, I will ensure that there is transparency, accountability, reliability, and credibility in everything I do. And as an expert in community development, I will achieve that through consultation, participation and dialogue,” he stated.

He boasted of his popularity in the district because he owns a radio station and a newspaper outlet where he has employed many Sierra Leoneans, thereby creating a means of acquiring their livelihood.

“Currently, I am paying for over ninety (90) students who reside in various communities in the district on yearly basis. Besides that, I always award scholarships to underprivileged pupils and teaching and learning materials to some schools,” he said.

He said having been the Secretary General of the Western Area Football Association (WAFA),he has been using his association to promote football in Sierra Leone by encouraging talented youth to participate in the direly needed trade, noting that he is supporting the construction of a mini stadium at Kissi Town.