Port Loko District

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Port Loko District
Location of Port Loko District in Sierra Leone
Location of Port Loko District in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 8°45′N 12°40′W / 8.750°N 12.667°W / 8.750; -12.667Coordinates: 8°45′N 12°40′W / 8.750°N 12.667°W / 8.750; -12.667
Country Sierra Leone
Province Northern Province
Capital Port Loko
Largest city Lunsar
Government
 • Type District Council
 • Council Chairman Ahmed Munir Fofana[1] (APC)
Area
 • Total 5,719 km2 (2,208 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 500,992
 • Rank 4th
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC-5)

Port Loko District is a district in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. It is the most populous District in the North and the fourth most populous District in Sierra Leone. As of 2010, the District has a population of 500,992.[2] Its capital is the town of Port Loko and its largest city is Lunsar. The other major towns in the district include Masiaka, Rokupr, Pepel, Lungi and Gbinti.

The district of Port Loko borders the Western Area to the west, Kambia District to the north, Bombali District to the east and Tonkolili District to the south. The district occupies a total area of 5,719 km2 (2,208 sq mi) and comprises ten chiefdoms. The population of Port Loko District is predominantly muslim and the Temne people form by far the largest ethnic group in the district.

Government[edit]

Port Loko District is governed with a district council form of government, which is headed by a District Council Chairman, who is the highest local government official in the district. The District Council Chairman is responsible for the general management of the district. The District Council Chairman is elected directly by the residents of Port Loko District. The current District Council Chairman of Port Loko District Council is Ahmed Munir Fofana of the All People's Congress (APC), following his victory in the 2008 Sierra Leone Local Elections.

Major towns[edit]

Small towns and villages include[edit]

Demographics[edit]

The Temne make up by far the largest ethnic group in the district. The predominant religion in Port Loko District is Islam which is practised by around 80% of the population, with Christianity practised by about 20%.

Economy[edit]

The district's main economic activities include scale mining and production of food crops(rice, cassava, and sweet potato).

Sport[edit]

Bai Bureh Warriors, one of the oldest soccer clubs in Sierra Leone is based in Port Loko. The club won the Sierra Leonean FA Cup in 1978, and 1979.

Government[edit]

Port Loko District currently has six representatives in the Sierra Leonean Parliament, of which five members were elected for a 5-year term. Below is the list of Port Loko District representatives in the Parliament:

Notable people from Port Loko District[edit]

  • Bai Bureh, Sierra Leonean ruler who led the Temne uprising against the British in The 1898 Rebellion
  • Sorie Ibrahim Koroma, Vice President of Sierra Leone from 1971 to 1985
  • Abass Bundu, Sierra Leonean Politician
  • Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay, Former Sierra Leone's minister of Transportation and Aviation
  • Amadu Wurie, Sierra Leonean Educationist and Politician

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