Tourism Ministry Assess Touristic & Cultural Heritage Sites at Kaffu Bullom, Lungi

Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs have in the ongoing Explore and Discover Month of the Tourism for All Campaign embarked on assessment of islands, touristic and cultural heritage sites at Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Lungi in Port Loko District. The sites visited are Yanlensun, Mabakeh, Bombali and Kerefey island. Boat racing is prominent in these sites; hence the Ministry wants to fit it in the Yearlong campaign.

The team led by the Permanent Secretary, Edward Kwame Yankson and include the Director of Culture, Foday Jalloh and the Deputy Director of Tourism, Idrissa Bangura called on Paramount Chief Bai Shebora Sheba Gbereh III and chiefdom stakeholders informing them that they were there to see and assess what they have and how the sites can be developed.

The Permanent Secretary informed the gathering that the Ministry has declared this year as the year of domestic tourism and they have started it with the Explore and Discover Month which entails going to places, exploring their potentials and packaging them to attract local and international tourists. For the boat racing (regatta), the PS called on the private sector to invest in it as it is an initiative that is appreciated by the Ministry.

The Paramount Chief, Bai Shebora Sheba Gbereh III welcomed the team to his chiefdom saying that he was delighted for the Ministry to see the touristic potentials that they have. He commended the Ministry for following up on the conversation he had with the Minister, Nabeela Tunis to ascertain what they have as far as tourism and cultural heritage was concern. At the sites, the Paramount Chief intimated that as the gateway in and out of Sierra Leone, they believed that tourism is important for their communities and the development of the islands will add value to the communities, generate revenue for the them and also contribute to the economy. The Director of Culture, Foday Jalloh maintained that the islands are suitable for eco-tourism because of their flora and are also inhabitable.

MTCA Communications