Koidu Holdings boosts education in Tankoro
Koidu Holdings on Saturday 24th March, 2012 handed over a newly constructed school building to the United Methodist Junior Secondary School at Kimbadu Town. The program was chaired by Hon. Minister of Political Affairs Alhaji Alpha Kanu. (Photo: United Methodist Junior Secondary School children)
Paramount Chief Paul Saquee said in his welcome statement that the occasion marks a milestone in the history of the Kono residents. He expressed appreciation over the fact that President Koroma made it a possibility for Koidu Holdings to include schools as part of their corporate social responsibilities to fulfill.
He furthered that the community and Koidu Holdings are having an improved relationship.
Saquee said Koidu Holdings did not stop their social corporate responsibilities at just building schools but had gone further to sponsor the Diamond Stars, a team based in Kono District. Saquee paid a glowing tribute that their sponsorship has placed the team in contention as they are now able to defeat bigger teams from Freetown citing the FC Johansen game which played on the 23rd of this month as an example.
The Kono District Council Chairman, Madam Diana Konomanyi said, in terms of corporate social responsibilities, she counts Koidu Holdings as the best in the District. The United Methodist Church family was excited over the gesture.
However, the Chief Communications Officer of Koidu Holdings, Ibrahim Sorie Kamara noted that community development is part of their corporate social responsibilities. He said their three years operation in Kono has witnessed lots of improvement in the district.
Ibrahim Sorie said Koidu Holdings are also going to provide a student bus to ease the transportation burden on pupils and students of that region. He said Koidu Holdings has spent $200 million in expansion projects and in trying to provide school learning materials and equipments to ensure what he called a real development phase in Kono.
The Bishop of the United Methodist Church John .K. Yambasu said if he should rate Koidu Holdings, he would grade them excellent. He pleaded with Koidu Holdings to provide them a generator to enable their evening classes.
The Bishop called on the students to increase their level of seriousness in pursuing their various studies so that they can be able to boost Kono in the future.
Her Excellency, Sia Nyama Koroma said in her keynote address that she was delighted to be part of the handing over ceremony of the United Methodist Junior and Secondary school building. She appraised Koidu Holdings for doing so well with their corporate social responsibilities as a result of following the laid down policy and regulations Act.
The First Lady advised the Kono parents to send their girl children to school and she pleaded with Koidu Holdings to complement the government’s effort by improving the road from Matotoka to Kono.
Her Excellency, Sia Nyama Koroma commissioned the school.
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