Residents of Kollieman Town, Bentol City Montserrado County have been urged to suspend charcoal production to avoid the reoccurrence of heavy storm which rendered residents of the town homeless and 35 houses destroyed including fruit trees like kola nuts, mangos, as well as stored foods and rice seeds for farming.
Kollieman Town is a populous settlement of Bentol City situated two miles of upper Bentol with a population of about 1500 inhabitants. According to a release from the Bentol City Corporation, F. Abraham Seh Bentol City Corporation Development Officer urged residents to plant more trees in and around Kollieman and reduce or probably suspend charcoal production in Kollieman Town as the town has already experienced the effects of climate change/global warming owing to deforestation. The release said following a brief rain on Thursday, December 1, 2016 the town was tragically hit by a violent storm which took away the roofs of 35 of the 65 houses, leaving villagers including the Town Chief victimized. To ascertain facts, the release stated that the Bentol Development Officer on Friday December 9, 2016 paid an official visit to Kollieman town and provided a detailed account to the City Mayor of the impact of the storm, as well as the needs and challenges of the villagers and the village as a whole. “After enquiries from the citizens, Seh was keen to note that charcoal production is the basic source of livelihood for the people of Kollieman Town, which increases deforestation and triggered the effects of global warming. All the big trees and even some fruit trees that could serve as wind breakers for the village are felled and burned for charcoal making.