H.E. Retired Brigadier Maada Bio
Republic of Sierra Leone
OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT ON BLACK JOHNSON
Once this Black Johnson deal for a fishing port on the Freetown Peninsula to be financed by the Chinese government that is generating brouhaha even locally amplifies in the international media, it will be a public relations disaster for your administration – as humanity marches towards another global Climate Change meeting,
COP-26, in the United Kingdom in November 2021.
Tropical rainforests do not thrive as islands, Sir. You cannot damage tropical rainforests on one street and point across the street at what tropical rainforests you have not touched – that would be ecological skulduggery. You cannot argue that a seafront area which is the habitat for rare species would not be damaged when you put industrial establishments close by. The Freetown Peninsula has one of the rarest geographical locations on planet earth – with tropical rainforests mountains close to sparkling beaches. Sierra Leone
has lost over 95 of its pristine tropical rainforests. The last remaining tropical rainforests are largely found on the Freetown Peninsula. Over 60% of species found on earth are mainly found in the tropical rainforests – where people in the West source genetic materials for the hundreds of billions of dollars pharmaceutical industry. And indigenous people living within these forests possess the rarest of knowledge on the utilization of the species of these forests to cure diverse human ailments. Diseases mutate. Diseases like Ebola, SARS, HIV, Zika, COVID-19…have emerged only over the past 40 years. As diseases mutate, the tropical rainforests are about the best sources for genetic materials to provide cures. Also…
The beaches on the Freetown Peninsula are some of the most idyllic on planet earth. We cannot deface one of them by positioning industries on our beachfront and argue that others won’t be affected.
Given my knowledge on how global greens think and work, having being the brain and CEO of environmental organizations in Liberia, Nigeria, and here in Sierra Leone over a 35 years period (the SAVE MY FUTURE CONSERVATION SOCIETY in Liberia, leading to GREENLOVE/Nigeria and GREENLOVE/Sierra Leone), I suggest you step back from this Black Johnson fishing port deal – and gain appreciative applause from the global greens as Climate Change has become the most vital issue on the global agenda; and begin the process to raise billions of dollars for Sierra Leone playing the Green Card. The problem of our country since the 1960s is that too many of our bureaucrats and politicians refuse to THINK; they are always ready to sell our country cheaply to any foreign investor for short term gains. With our abundant natural resources of iron ore, diamonds, bauxite, titanium, gold…mined for about eighty years, what have Sierra Leoneans gotten from it? Poverty!!! And suicidal environmental degradation. Let your government officials work with thinking people out of government to research this issue of Black Johnson, and correctly inform you, Mr. President.
The Black Johnson potential environmental crisis is symptomatic of the cruel and unchecked environmental degradation in Freetown especially. The
environmental degradation on the Freetown Peninsula especially after the end of our civil war in 2002 was made chilling after the 2017 mudslide that buried alive about one thousand of our citizenry; with politicians and bureaucrats shedding hypocritical tears for the victims of their clear bureaucratic CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE; though the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has mapped out about twenty “Disaster Prone Areas” in the Western Area, very little has been done since 2017 to prevent the next big environmental disaster. Let us save the most beautiful real estate in West Africa that we have in the Freetown Peninsula, Sir. And save our people from the worst disasters. Let us develop a GRAND GREEN PLAN for the Freetown Peninsula, and Sierra Leone.
May the Infinite Divine guide and guard you.
Oswald Hanciles, The Guru.
Founder and CEO of the SLAVE SHIP-FREEDOM SHIP Movement
CEO of GREENLOVE/Sierra Leone
Columnist, THE OSWALD HANCILES COLUMN