President of the Sierra Leone Scrap Metal Association (SLSMA), Mr. Omotayo Vidal Macarthy has disclosed that about 10, 000 people depend on the trade in scrap metals for their livelihood.
He made this disclosure Monday September 22, 2008 at a press conference held at the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA) Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown.
He says thousands of youths have found the trade in scrap metals a valuable employment.
"About 10,000 people in this country depend on scrap metals for their living," he said, adding that the scrap metal trade is serving as an effective youth employment project in Sierra Leone.
He says his organization is planning to undertake robust national development programmes that will help rebuild the country.
"We intend to undertake cleaning of all drainages, gutters, compounds and dustbins across the city," he said, pointing out that they are working very hard to see that the whole city is cleaned properly.
"This can only be accomplished when the scrap metals are removed from the ground," he said, adding that they are also helping people who want to plant vegetables around their compounds by collecting metal scraps so as to free the land which has been occupied by unwanted scrap metals.
He expressed dismay over the attempts of some media houses to smear the image of people involved in the scrap metal business.
He said attacks on their Indian partners creates inconveniences for the organization and affects their business.
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