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Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency Reacts to Allegations surrounding London Mining
By Environmental Protection Agency
Nov 1, 2013, 17:14
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Government of Sierra Leone

Office of the President

Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone

21 Old Railway Line, Brookfields, Freetown

PRESS RELEASE

THE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY SIERRA LEONE WISHES IT  TO BE KNOWN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE UTTERANCES AND MASS MEDIA PROPAGANDA BY CERTAIN GROUPS PARTICULARLY THE HEALTH NETWORK SIERRA LEONE IMPLICATING THE AGENCY IN SOME CONCOCTED STORY OF UNHOLY ALLIANCE BASED ON PECUNIARY REWARDS WITH THE LONDON MINING COMPANY IS COMPLETELY BASELESS AND UNFOUNDED.


THE AGENCY FURTHER WISHES THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT AS THE INSTITUTION MANDATE TO COORDINATE AND MONITOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PROJECT ACTIVITIES ON THE ENVIRONMENT, IT HAS JUDICIOUSLY OCCUPIED ITSELF WITH PERFORMING THIS MANDATE BY ENSURING THAT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS ARE UNDERTAKEN WITH EXTENSIVE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND MONITORED TO ENSURE THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENTS AGREED UPON ARE IMPLEMENTED TO THE FULLEST.

 

THE AGENCY WANTS TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC TO THE FACT THAT THE PRESS RELEASE WHICH PURPORTS TO AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE BASED ON PECUNIARY REWARDS BETWEEN THE AGENCY AND LONDON MINING LARGELY FOCUSED ON ISSUES OF LOCAL CONTENT POLICY, TRANSPARENCY IN THE AWARD OF CONTRACT AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. MOST OF THESE ISSUES ARE NOT WITHIN THE REMIT OF THE AGENCY AND WHERE THEY TOUCH ON ITS MANDATE IT IS NOT THE KEY PLAYER.


THE ONLY ISSUE WHICH DIRECTLY CONCERNS THE AGENCY IS THE REHABILITATION OF MINED OUT AREAS. THEREFORE THE SAID PRESS RELEASE DOES NOT HAVE A SCINTILLA OF MERIT AND SHOULD BE VIEWED AS AN ATTEMPT TO DRAG THE GOOD NAME OF THE AGENCY INTO THE MUD.

 

THE AGENCY FURTHER WISHES THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT IT IS A STRONG BELIEVER OF THE FACT THAT CIVIL SOCIETY HAS A KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS NATION AND THEREFORE HAS SANCTIONED THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN ROUTINE ENVIRONMENT MONITORING EXERCISES AND MADE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN ALL PUBLIC DISCLOSURES MANDATORY.

 

HOWEVER, THE AGENCY ALSO FERVENTLY BELIEVES THAT CIVIL SOCIETY SHOULD ACT AS RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS BY CROSS CHECKING THEIR FINDINGS AND INFORMATION WITH THE CONCERNED INSTITUTIONS BEFORE MAKING WILD ACCUSATIONS AND PRONOUNCEMENTS THROUGH THE MEDIA AND OTHER FORUM.

 

IN CONCLUSION THE AGENCY CALLS ON THE PUBLIC AND ALL STAKEHOLDERS TO JOIN IN THE PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR PROSPERITY BUT ALSO CALL ON ALL THOSE DETRACTORS TO DESIST FROM THEIR DUBIOUS MACHINATIONS OR THEY WILL FACE THE PENALTY  OF THE LAW.


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