By Bampia Bundu
The Head of Communications at African Minerals Limited, Ambassador Anthony Navo Junior, has informed AYV that the company has a strong track record in supporting the Sierra Leone Government’s drive to reduce poverty by providing improved health care, education and infrastructure.
He made this disclosure after the presentation of scholarship packages to deserving school going pupils in the company’s areas of operations at a colourful event held in the conference room of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Friday, July 27 this year.
Announcing the scholarship packages, African Minerals Corporate Manager, Mr. Mustapha Kamara, said the total sum paid was Le 180,600,000 (One Hundred and Eighty Million, Six Hundred Thousand Leones) to one thousand nine hundred and forty nine pupils (1,949) pupils in the Tonkolili District and some parts of the Bombali and Port Loko Districts.
In his statement, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, thanked African Minerals for what he referred to as a laudable gesture, and appealed to Members of Parliament to verify the lists on time so that the monies would reach their schools in time for the next academic year.
The Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, who chaired the ceremony, noted that it was now a tradition for African Minerals to support school going pupils as part of its corporate social responsibility. This support, he said, was timely as most parents were finding it very difficult to raise the necessary monies to pay their children’s school fees and other charges.
“I hope that Members of Parliament will take this very good message to their people,” he admonished the Parliamentarians.
The packages were handed to the Members of Parliament representing the various constituencies in the AML areas of operation for onward distribution to the beneficiaries.