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Sierra Leone News: Surface rent paid to operational communities

Shandong Iron and Steel Group (SISG) has paid close to one billion Leones to over seven chiefdoms in the northern districts of Bombali, Tonkolili and Port Loko for surface rent.
The Chief Operating Officer of SISG, Scott Lewis, said the payment is a way of reaffirming the Company’s commitment to operate legally in the various communities within the seven Chiefdoms in the three Districts.
According to the Head of Cooperate Affairs, Government and Community Relations, Anthony Navo Jnr, the actions of the Company is a clear respect for the Mines and Minerals Act, a practice according to him the Company will continue to work with within the legal provisions and work with the community people.
Speaking on behalf of Lokomasama Chiefdom, Paramount Chief Bai Maro Angbanthor, said, “The rent symbolizes the company’s intension to continue with their operations in that part of the country and help transform their communities.
Speaking on behalf of the landowners, Alhaji Kamara, said the Company has done a lot in terms of meeting their corporate social responsibilities and obligations.
He explained disclosed that one of the greatest problem affecting their relationship with SISG are the thieves who are removing the rail clips for sale as scrap metals which is very bad for community development.
The District Chairman the Port Loko District Council extolled the Shandong Steel for the payment, while citing that the phenomenon is not new, but the transparent and accountable manner the company is doing is unique. He said the community people need to make the environment conducive for the Company, which in turn will see more developments and job opportunities.
The Chairman for the Bombali District Council, Alhaji Kamathor Sesay, catalogued a series of development projects undertaken by the Council and financed by Shandong.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Monday April 03, 2017

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