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Sierra Leone News: Environmental Management Plan for Fisher Lane Community

Pee Cee and Sons Ltd., an importer of frozen food since 1965, has concluded an Environmental Management Plan with the Fisher Lane community east of Freetown in accordance with regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL). Pee Cee and Sons commissioned ECOSYS Sierra Leone Limited a Specialist Environmental Management and Sundry Services Company to undertake a scoping study to identify positive and negative impacts associated with the enterprise operations within the community.
Lead Environmental Consultant ECOSYS SL limited, Anthony Davies, said the purpose of the assessment is in pursuit of sustainability in ecosystem to identify positive and negative impacts associated with the enterprise operations then propose measure to effect balance between human development and the natural ecosystem from the lens of an EIA.
He said during the scoping they engaged the community and relevant stakeholders at Standards Bureau, Ministry of Trade, Labour Ministry and SLIEPA on the activities of Pee Cee and Sons operations. “Pee Cee and sons imports food items from abroad and resells to the local market,” Davies explained, He said the storage facility they are using is fit for purpose containers with a minimal noise and air pollution that impacts the environment and the people.
The Environmental Consultant for Pee Cee and Sons said in consultation with the people the company will provide Le20 million annually towards the development and welfare of the Fisher Lane community.
Admin Officer Pee Cee and Sons, Mukesh Patel, said the company has contributed immensely towards the socio-economic development of the country and also helping to promote the Sierra Leone economy by creating jobs for locals in our branches all over the country.
Hashim Bakarr from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, spoke about their role in policy formulation on trade and investment for domestic and foreign trade and spoke about Pee Cee and Sons role in promoting the local economy.
Occupational Health and Safety Officer of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mohamed Alimu Kamara, said the Ministry closely monitors the activities of the company and they are among the most compliant investment in the country. Chairman Fisher Lane Community, Senessie Mansaray, expressed delight over the community engagement in a bid to address issues affecting the community where the company operates and called for more employment opportunities for locals.
Emmanuel During, an Environment Officer at Environmental Protection Agency, said the public disclosure is the fifth step to fulfilling the award of an environmental license of Pee Cee and Sons Limited. SB/29/8/18
By Saidu Bah
Monday September 03, 2018.

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