The purpose of the visit according to the chairman was to have first-hand information on the disaster caused by the heavy downpour of rain in those affected communities and proffer a “report” for Parliamentary Actions.
During the conducted tour in the affected communities, the chairman highlighted the challenges faced by those living in areas that are prone to disasters. He admonished the residents to avoid the risk of living in any areas that disasters are likely to happen. He noted that the lives of the victims are paramount and they should not let go.
Hon. Quintin also used the opportunity to call on relevant MDAs who are charged with the responsibility of disaster management to take prompt actions in order to prevent disaster reoccurrence.
On his part, the Deputy Chairman of the Lands Committee Hon. Sahr Juana averred that, they as MPs are doing their mandate as prescribe in the Constitution of Sierra Leone to undertake Parliamentary Oversight. He also buttressed the points raised by the chairman on the disaster prevention.
Various Community Youth Leaders and Elders who were present at the brief ceremonies thanked the Land Committee and unanimously pleaded with government to re-locate them to safer areas whilst (colbot) ferry junction community does not want to relocate but called on government to fix their community, extend waterway by expanding the drainages and relocate bormeh.
Officials from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), highlighted their roles and responsibility in combating disaster management in the country.
The Parliamentary Land committee was able to visit the various disaster communities including Gbagbayila Phase 11 at Regent, Wallington and Colbot community at Cline town.