President Julius Maada Bio has on commissioned to bands Beach, located Tobanda Village in Bonthe District.
The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr Memunatu Pratt, to officially commission and declare the newly discovered beach for tourism investments opportunities, accompanied President Bio.
The event, which was held as part of the celebration of Easter on Monday, April 5th, also coincided with commemorations of President Bio’s three years in office. Government ministers and people attended it from different parts of the country.
There were cultural performances and performances from top musicians in the country.
The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr Memunatu Pratt, expressed delight for the commissioning of the beach while congratulating the President on his Three (3) years in office. She said that under the leadership of President Bio tourism was now in the hearts of Sierra Leoneans while assuring that they will continue to explore more tourist sites in the country.
Dr Pratt maintained that the stakeholders of the district were very cooperative in making the occasion a success.
“With the declaration of the president, Tobanda Beach is now open to the rest of the world,” she concluded.
Commissioning the beach, President Bio ordered the Tourism Minister to take all necessary steps to showcase the beach to the rest of the country. He said the beach is very impressive and has been there all along but could not be noticed by even those who are indigenes of the district. Bio said that they would add Tobanda to the list of various tourist sites in the country, noting that it is a “very good spot” for ecotourism as the vegetation is undisturbed.
The president called on the private sector to work collaboratively with the Tourism Ministry in investing in the beach because of its touristic potentials as it will also create employment for the people of Tobanda.