“About 1 million hectares of lands in Sierra Leone are presently in the hands of multinational companies,” says Green Scenery Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Rahall.
Awoko | 14 December 2015
By Jenkins Bawoh
About 1 million hectares of lands in Sierra Leone are presently in the hands of multi-lateral companies,’ Green Scenery Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Rahall made this known to journalists at a one day training for journalists at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown.
The training was for journalists to get au fait with the “Voluntary
Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests” in the context of National Food Security.
He explained that most times the lands are bought at a minimal 15 United States Dollar per hectare. This, he declared, “is a mockery from both the government and investors and to the land owners” too. The companies, he opined, have “sexy names but most of them are not doing well.” The country lands, he said, should be given to companies for a maximum of 25 years and not more than that. The largest amount of land to be given out to companies, he stressed, should be around 1000 to 2000 hectares. Land, he assured, “is a human right to every people and land is a human security too.”