Residents of Pujehun District have come together to implore the government to extend sustainable development initiatives to their region, following the victory of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in the recently concluded multi-tier elections.
According to residents, the district played a significant role in ensuring the SLPP’s dominance in the elections, with the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party and others failing to secure a single seat in parliamentary and local council elections across the district.
The residents’ plea for development focuses on key areas including road construction, youth empowerment, access to loans for farmers and traders, provision of basic social amenities, and more. This appeal stems from a shared desire for progress and the need to address long-standing challenges faced by the district.
Mariama, a prominent trader in Pujehun Town, emphasized the need for accessible loan facilities to uplift local businesses. She underscored that inadequate financial support has hindered their entrepreneurial ventures and livelihoods.
Consequently, the residents expressed their faith in the government to fulfill its promise of support for economic growth and stability.
Pa Joe, an outstanding farmer in the district, echoed similar sentiments, highlighting the district’s fertile lands suitable for cultivation. Despite the district’s agricultural potential, farmers like Pa Joe find it challenging to access essential agricultural inputs that would significantly boost productivity and contribute to the country’s food security.
The district’s youth, who constitute a significant portion of the population, shared their concerns about the lack of job opportunities. High unemployment rates have made it difficult for young people to sustain their livelihoods, especially in the face of rising living costs and increased commodity prices.
In addition to these urgent needs, the residents called upon government appointees who emerge from the district to actively participate in driving development initiatives. They believe that local representatives within the government should play a crucial role in advocating for the allocation of resources and investments that can lead to sustainable growth in the Pujehun District.
The residents’ appeal for inclusive and sustainable development is rooted in their aspirations for a better quality of life, improved economic prospects, and increased access to essential services. As the SLPP takes the reins following their impressive electoral victory, the eyes of Pujehun District’s residents remain fixed on the promise of progress, eager to witness tangible changes that will uplift their community and foster long-lasting development.