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Sierra Leone News: Goldtree dishes out millions of Leones to communities in Kailahun District

Goldtree, a company operating in Daru, Jawei Chiefdom, Kailahun District, last week dished out millions of Leones to land owning families in Daru and Tovaima leased lands.
The payment was done at a ceremony held in the company’s conference room in Daru where several stakeholders, including local authorities, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) and District Council officials. Land owning families were also in attendance.
In his statement, the Finance Manager of Goldtree, Alfred Campbell said as a responsible company they are committed to honouring not only their corporate social responsibility but all other agreements including the land lease agreement, pointing out that the ceremony was a manifestation of that commitment.
He said every year the company pays for the land leased from the people and further informed them that the payment is done in accordance with the revised percentage of payments by the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, adding that payment is always supervised by the Ministry and members of the local Press for which he said the company was very pleased. The Finance Manager added that it was the first time payment was done in Daru town instead of Freetown which he described as a great success that must be highly welcomed by the land owning families and the chiefdom authorities.
The representative from the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Henry Kargbo who is also Director of Crops at the Ministry disclosed that the government every year does revision of percentages of land lease in collaboration with development partners. Mr. Kargbo said the land owners remain at the heart of the government and will do everything possible for land owners to realize benefits from their lands to make their lives better.
He said Goldtree and the District Council with support from the ministry will continue to work hard to satisfy the land owners, noting that the country is for all and all must live in happiness.
The Chairman of Kailahun District Council, Alex Bonapha, described Goldtree as one of the best and progressive companies operating in the district. He said the company has impacted positively on lives of the people especially their customers, employees and the general public as the company undertakes community development projects like
road rehabilitation, scholarships, among others.
The District Chairman
said what Goldtree has started is vital in the lives of the people in the post Ebola recovery period.
The Paramount Chief of Jawei Chiefdom was represented by Chief Samai
Bao who doubles as the company’s Public Relations Officer II. He thanked
Goldtree and the government for honouring the lease agreement which he noted will go a long way in improving the lives of members of the land
owning families.
The scholarship program, according to the Out Growth manager, Gold Tree, Benedict Saffa Kosia, was part of honouring the company’s
corporate social responsibility and that the 2015 scholarship will benefit 28 pupils in Malema Chiefdom, 29 in Mandu Chiefdom, 16 in
Jawei, 29 in Njaluahun, 6 in Peje Bongre and 15 in Upper
Bambara Chiefdom, totaling 118 beneficiaries from the six
operational chiefdoms in the district.
The scholarship for Mandu chiefdom which was in the tune of one thousand US Dollars benefited pupils from the two secondary schools: St.
Michael’s Secondary School and Mandu Secondary School in the chiefdom.
By Saffa Moriba
Friday November 13, 2015

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