Port Loko, Sierra Leone – The minister of Public and Political Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay, has pledged the sum of forty million Leones (Le40M) as his personal contribution towards the rehabilitation of Bai Bureh Memorial Hall in Port Loko.
The minister who is an indigene of Port Loko district made the pledge at a meeting held in Port Loko over the weekend, which sources say marked the actualization of a long awaited dream by the people of the district.
The hall was named after Bai Bureh, Chief of the Temne, who led the Hot Tax War in 1898 in Sierra Leone.
Hon. Alhaji Kemoh Sesay said Port Loko is the birth place of the All Peoples Congress Party and it is proper for them to continue to play a fatherly role.
The Member of Parliament for Constituency 55, Hon. Binneh Bangura, said in his capacity as Deputy District Chairman of the APC, it is apparent that President Koroma would like to have his successor from Port Loko District and that the District should be in readiness to assume that responsibility when the time shall have come.
Port Loko district was one of the hardest hit by the Ebola crises and one of the last hotspots in the fight against the virus.
Residents and indigenes of Port Loko district are hoping the pledge made by the minister will spur others to join the processes of building back the district.
“Port Loko needs intervention and we hope this pledge by Alhaji Kemoh Sesay will inspire others to contribute in the rebuilding of our shattered district,” said Kadiatu Bangura, a trader and resident of Kasseh.