Sea-wright Mining Company in compliance with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to its operational Chiefdoms of Nimiyama Chiefdom, in Kono District and GoramaMende Chiefdom, in Kenema District has paid over Le 580,000,000 Million as land lease.
Explaining the modalities of the payment, Sea-wright Mining Company Consultant, Alex Rogers said the payment was in two forms:
Nimiyama Chiefdom, KonoDistrict received the sum of Le 140,000,000 (One Hundred and Forty Million Leones) Land Lease Payment which was handed over to Nimiyama Chiefdom Council through Paramount Chief George Bockarie Torto 111.
The sum of Le150,000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million Leones) bulk payment was also made to Nimiyama Chiefdom Council through the Paramount Chief in respect of Sea-wright CSR, budget stipulated in the Community Development Action Plan (CDAP) and a donation of USA 6KV Generator and a Desk TopComputer (Dell) for the local Chiefdom administration capacity building.
He went on to say for Gorama Mende Chiefdom, Kenema District, Le140,000,000 (One Hundred and Forty Million Leones) Land Lease Payment was made to 14 Landowning Families (each landowning family received Le10,000,000 (Ten Million Leones) within the Famanjo Section.
However, the sum of Le150,000,000 (One Hundred and fifty Million Leones) bulk payment was made to GoramaMende Chiefdom Council through the Paramount Chief, Madam Haja Mariam Gassama Kanja 1V in respect of Sea-wright CSR budget stipulated in the Community Development Action Plan (CDAP) and a donation of USA 6 KV Generator and a Desk Top Computer for the local Chiefdom administration capacity building.
Mr. Rogers said they hope and pray that the Chiefdom Councilswould use the money very deliciously and that of the donated items.
In his brief statement the Chief Executive Officer of Sea-wright Mining Company, Dr. Alfred Sea-wright during his presentation of the donated items said Sea-wright mining company is here to empower the locals and not to reap from them.
He continued to say that besides the payments and "Goodwill Donation" made to the two operational Chiefdoms, Sea-wright Mining Company as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, has implementedsome "Quick Win" projects through the construction of Hand-dug water wells with pumps, primary schools, court Barry, toilets in most of its operational communities particularly in the Famanjo Section, Gorama Mende.
He spoke about the road rehabilitation they embarked on as a way of easing the burden of residents of those chiefdoms.
Mines Monitoring Officer Idriss Koroma of the National Minerals Agency said they are the happiest people in such venture because they are the implementers and it is good that the people have seen reasons to accept the Sea-wright Mining Company. He spoke about the limitation of the Government and where the private sector normallysteps in.
He also congratulated the Dr. Alfred Sea-wright and Mr. Andrew for their tireless effort in ensuring that Sea-wright Mining Company continues to operate even when the Ebola outbreak strokes the nation. He described the mining company as a very transparent one.
Paramount Chief of Gorama Mende Chiefdom, Madam Haja Mariam Gassamaand Paramount Chief of Nimiyama Chiefdom, George Bockarie Torto 111 expressed their profound thanks and appreciation to Sea-wright Mining Company. They described the payment and donation as first of its kind as they are being yearning for such company in their communities.
They described Sea-wright Mining as a trust worthy company because whenever they say something they will do it.
“We pray that Sea-wright stays and brings more development to both chiefdoms”
Several speakers including the Councilor of the ward made statement. The payment also saw the formal signing of agreement with landowning families in Famanjo Section in the Gorama Mende, in Kenema District.
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