The journey to Kono district
On Friday 19 February 2010 Her Excellency Mrs Sia Koroma accompanied the Vice President Alhaji Chief Samsumana and wife Mrs Kadie Samsumana to Kono District.
During the working visit Her Excellency Mrs Sia Koroma on Saturday20 February 2010 graced the event of the handing over of eighteen newly built houses to owners whose properties have been affected by the mining activities of Koidu Holdings.
In a brief statement the First Lady Mrs Sia Koroma thanked Koidu Holdings for fulfilling the corporate obligation of providing houses for the property owners who have been affected by the mining activity of the company in Tankoro chiefdom. She admonished the management to improve on the social well being of the people by putting premium on the improvement of the road network, water, sanitation and the education of the girl child.
The First Lady encouraged the beneficiaries to handle their properties with the care it requires.
Earlier His Excellency Alhaji Chief Samsumana Vice President Republic of Sierra Leone indicated that Koidu Holdings has made him proud with the construction of the houses.
The Vice President thanked the company for going ahead to provide water since he was thinking of appealing for the provision of water supply to the houses. Vice President Chief Samsumana further appealed for the construction of the road network linking Tankoro with the other chiefdoms.
The climax of the program was the distribution of the conveyances by the First Lady to the property owners.
On the same day the First Lady cut the tape to open the new Guranty Trust Bank GTB Kono branch.
On the following day Sunday 21 February both the Vice President and First Lady journeyed to Gbaneh Kandoh chiefdom where they and the entourage were welcomed by Paramount Chief Manga. The Chief welcomed the Vice President, First Lady and entourage to the chiefdom and described the visit as very timely since it would give the opportunity for the people to interact and highlight their problems.
Paramount Chief Manga stressed the importance of agriculture and requested the support of government to promote large scale farming in the chiefdom. The chiefdom he continued cannot boast of girl child education since there was not in existence a Junior Secondary School. The absence of JSS has made it difficult for the girls to complete their education against the background that when the girls go away from home accommodation became a problem and added to this the girls have to travel home to secure food. In the prevailing circumstance some of the girls get pregnant because they need to fulfill these basic needs.
On health the chief indicated the clinics lack staff to treat the people. On this note he appealed for the posting of nurses and doctors to manned the clinics.