Bo Forestry Office in Disgraceful State

…Le 60m in Limbo

The new District Forest Officer, Bo, George Rogerson, has informed this medium that in 2013, the Bo City Council gave the sum of Sixty Million Leones to the Forestry Department for the beautification of Bo City but that the department never received the money.

Relaying the information during an exclusive interview with Standard Times in his office at Kortugbuma in Bo, George Rogerson said he has been reliably informed that the money was received by the then District Agricultural Officer, DAO, Bo, Edmund Saidu who is now the DAO in Kailahun.

Contacted via a mobile phone, Edmund Saidu, refused to comment on the allegation, but during an interview, the out gone District Forest Officer, Michael Saidu, denied receiving the money, alleging that the money was signed for and received by Edmund Saidu.

The Bo Forestry Office is in a shameful state, with leaking roofs, broken furniture, overflowing garbage and with old and incomplete water well serving as a death trap.

The Secretary was busy in her unfurnished office and documents scattered all over her table. An ancient typewriter sitting on the table in front of the typist begging for a replacement with the recent technology. The typewriter is fit for to be displayed at a museum. Clearly, the prevailing atmosphere and general condition of the office showed that the office had been in a state of total neglect for several years.

The new DFO, Mr. Rogerson, who is trying to give a facelift  to the office has informed this reporter that he inherited an empty coffer, six broken chairs and an electricity bill of One Million Five Hundred Thousand and Fifty-eight Leones which he has struggled to settle and restored light to the office. A place that was without electricity supply for over a year.

The new DFO further revealed that in 2011, the former District Forest Officer, Joseph Musa, wrote a proposal to the Bo District Council to furnish and equip the office and requested for a freezer,  generator and motorcycles, the proposal which, he said, was approved and funded but the office never benefitted. Only one red TV motorbike was bought.  Even the motorbike itself had mysteriously disappeared from the store.

The new DFO also disclosed that since 2011, forest guards in Bo District have been going without adequate mobility, fuel, rain gears and uniforms, noting that even now they have only one old unregistered motorbike.

A forest guard who chose anonymity alleged that the out gone DFO, Michael Saidu, was in the habit of forging their signatures and receiving fuel which he usually diverted to his personal use, an accusation which Mr. Saidu denied flatly.

The Forestry Office is yet to receive its first and second quarter  of Government allocated fund, as revealed by the new DFO, but according to the out gone DFO, he received money only for tree planting which was carried out.

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