Moyamba District is in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone with a population of 260,910 as per 2004 census. Moyamba town is the largest in the District and therefore the headquarter of the District. The other major towns include Njala, Rotifunk and Shenge. The district is the largest in the Southern Province by geographical area, occupying total area of 6,902 km2 (2,665 sq mi) and comprise of fourteen chiefdoms.
Moyamba District borders the Atlantic Ocean in the west, Port Loko District and Tonkolili District to the north, Bo District to the east and Bonthe District to the south. The main economic activities include mining (rutile and bauxite), fishing, rice growing, ginger and oil palm plantations (agriculture).
Moyamba District is the birthplace of many of Sierra Leone's most prominent politicians who helped the country gain Independence in 1961 including Sir Milton Margai, who led Sierra Leone to independence in 1961 and became the nation's first prime minister; Siaka P. Stevens, former prime minister and Sierra Leone's president from 1971 to 1985; former Sierra Leone's prime minister Sir Albert Margai; Dr. John Karefa-Smart, one of Sierra Leone's most prominent political figure and former minister of foreign affairs; Sir Banja Tejan-Sie, former Sierra Leone chief justice, former speaker of parliament and former attorney general, Ella Koblo Gulama, Sierra Leone's first elected female Member of Parliament and Sierra Leone's first female Cabinet Minister; Sierra Leonean diplomat John Akar who composed the music of Sierra Leone's National Anthem.
Notable People From Moyamba District:John Akar, Sierra Leonean diplomat, speaker and lyricist Thomas Caulker (1846–1859), Dr..John Karefa-Smart, one of Sierra Leone's most prominent political figure and leader of the United National People's Party, Sir Albert Margai, attorney-at-law who became second Prime Minister of Sierra Leone from 1964 to 1967. Sir Milton Margai, medical doctor who led Sierra Leone to independence in 1961, and became the nation's first prime minister from 1961 to1964 Tinga Sesay, Sierra Leonean diplomat and pro-democracy activist, Siaka Stevens, first Executive President of Sierra Leone, Banja Tejan-Sie, Sierra Leone chief justice, speaker of the house of parliament and attorney general from 1967 to 1968.
In spite of this, Moyamba District is one of the most backward in today's Sierra Leone, with fewer presence of Non Governmental Organizations on the ground.
Mano town is the administrative seat of Dasse Chiefdom and hence the biggest town in the chiefdom. It has one mini hospital, five primary schools, two secondary schools, one central market, one police post, old railway station quarters, forest reserve, Taia river, small beaches, non-functional water works and dormant post office owing to the damage wreck on the facility by rebels during Sierra Leone's civil conflict. There is no electricity in Mano and no pure pipe borne water. The inhabitants fetch water from untreated wells. Mano township lack the middle man power development institutions like vocational training center(s) including adult literacy program. Farming or growing of rice and fishing are their main activities. Mano lacks other form of employment opportunities or small scale industrialized schemes. .
The town holds RC Church, UMC Church, SLC Church and a number of Mosques for worship. Presently, there is no NGO presence in the Chiefdom and hence the reason for Comin-SL decision to move this in 2014 to fill the gap in the service of our people. Henceforth, all projects and kingdom work will be directed to Mano in the Dasse Chiefdom. We feel this facts will interest you and would like to have it for your own perusal and file.
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As per way forward in 2014 and beyond, both the Executive and the Board of the Christian Outreach Justice Mission - Sierra Leone (Comin-SL) have decided to concentrate its activities in the Dasse Chiefdom in Moyamba District, Southern Sierra Leone.
We shall be focusing our work on the rural communities in the the hinterlands. This is aimed at serving the real poor and suppressed communities whereas to consolidate our programs and projects to enhance positive results to allow more partnerships and resources being secured which would pave way for replicating the programs into other places .
For that matter, a regional office shall as deemed appropriate be re-established in the Southern District Town of Bo, which will oversee the activities of the organization in the other places while the Freetown office remains the catalyst.
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