By Amin Kef (Ranger)
The most outstanding Minister in the Cabinet of His Excellency Rtd Brigadier, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone for in terms of the impressive and meaningful demonstration of pragmatism and practicality in a down to earth manner with regards lands administration countrywide is the indefatigable and going-strictly-by-the-rules Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning, Dr. Turad Senesie. His ability to interact with all classes of people in such an impartial way in the discharge of his duties with always a sincere and vital sense of purpose has always left many with utmost satisfaction further yearning for a political administration in which leaders of his calibre and style of leadership will be at the forefront.
It therefore came with no surprise when the Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning Dr. Turad Senesie stormed the streets of Freetown unannounced in the afternoon hours of Wednesday March 22 2023 and visited various Commercial Motorcycle (Okada) and Tricycle (Kekeh) parks in Freetown.
The Minister was zestfully on a public education mission to sensitize the riders about the land allocation opportunity the Government has identified for them.
The Minister categorically informed the Okada and Kekeh Riders across the country that they are now eligible to apply for State Land in the Western Area, which the State will allocate to them through the Land Raffle Model that was introduced by him in December 2021.
He gave them the good news that applications are open until April 14 2023.
According to the Minister, the forms are available at the Front Desk of the Ministry and the website of the Ministry (www.molhcp.gov.sl) to be obtained and downloaded free of cost to qualify any rider to take part in the Land Raffle Draw that is scheduled to take place by the end of April 2023.
He further intimated them that this Land Raffle is meant to ensure that citizens become land owners in a transparent and equitable manner in line with the vision of President Maada Bio.
That was the message that the Minister took to the various parks in Spur Loop, Wilberforce, Babadorie Junction, Beach Road, Regent Road Lumley, Model Junction, Mountain Cut Junction, Benz Garage and Ferry Junction.
Civil Rights Activist, Alphonzo Manley, who was with the Minister during the tour called on the riders to make good use of the opportunity, which, he said, is happening for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone.
The Minister is scheduled to continue the tour across the country.