President Ernest Bai Koroma and other Ministers of government, hailed African Minerals for their good work and bold step to bring a locomotive train to commence its operation and stimulate economic growth in the country.
This was made evident during the official commissioning ceremony of the train at the Queen Elizabeth 11 quay on Friday 3rd September 2010. The Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Minister of Information Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo and other Ministers together with Honourable Chernoh Bah Chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mineral Resources and other Members of Parliament witnessed the ceremony.
Delivering his statement President Koroma said this development by African Minerals is an important event for every Sierra Leonean and its marks a new era in the history of the country, as Sierra Leoneans have been living on hope and have entrusted their destiny in his hands. He revealed that the hope is not anon but a visible hope manifested by African Minerals.
He assured Sierra Leoneans that this development would bring immense benefit and will make Sierra Leoneans proud and also stimulate economic, social and Infrastructural development. He further disclosed that the locomotive train will stimulate national growth as quickly as possible to enable Sierra Leone match the standard of developed countries which we are admiring, as trains serve as the backbone for the growth of every developed country.
President Koroma expressed appreciation for the frantic effort made by African Minerals and called on every Sierra Leonean to support his government towards development as this is just the dawn of the genesis.
During the official cutting of the ribbon, President Koroma invoked the presence of God that the work will be successful and Sierra Leone will yield fruitful benefits.
Other Ministers appealed to Sierra Leoneans to support the project of African Minerals and the President’s agenda for change and also stressed on the benefit to the nation. They thanked Moseray Fadika for bringing such investment to Sierra Leone.
By Muctarr King