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Oil and Gas in Sierra Leone by 2017: Says Honorary Consul General Mr. Reginald Spiller in Texas

Oil and Gas in Sierra Leone by 2017: Says Honorary Consul General Mr. Reginald Spiller in Texas

Since speculation has been going around about Sierra Leone to becoming an emerging and potential oil and gas producing country, the Honorary Consul General of Sierra Leone, Mr. Reginald Spiller (in photo) who is based in Texas, disclosed that Sierra Leone will be among one of Africa’s most significant natural oil and gas producers by 2017.

The consul revealed this statement for the second time in Houston during a fantastic fundraising drive conducted by the All People’s Congress (APC/NA) Houston, Texas chapter. His maiden appearance to the Sierra Leone community was on October 21st last year in a very well organized program attended by the Dallas Fort Worth community in the state of Texas.

Honorary Consul and Sierra Leone Community in Texas

This time, it was in Houston, under the leadership of Mr. Alex Bangs, the APC Houston president who deemed it necessary to present the honorable Consul General to a vast majority of Sierra Leoneans in the Houston community. Almost every Sierra Leonean I spoke with regarding the appearance of Mr. Spiller and his ability and dedication to execute the responsibilities for the position of Consul General felt proud especially when it is a non-paid job as the Consul himself stated clearly.

In his PowerPoint presentation in Houston, Mr. Spiller highlighted some of the country’s fundamental focus on the social and economic trend. He ascertained that life in general is greatly improving in the country in the aftermath of the 11 years civil war that wreaked havoc in the country. Some of the points he examined were the principles of free market economy, rebuilding of infrastructure, improvement on healthcare, balancing the economy and most importantly, the fight against corruption.

Mr. Reginald Spiller and his wonderful family

Mr. Reginald Spiller, a petroleum geologist with independent experience visited Sierra Leone in May, 2011 and established that Sierra Leone is a rich crude oil and gas producing country. He advised Sierra Leoneans to encourage and push their children to do math and science, noting that the future oil industry in Sierra Leone will grow stronger and will bring to its citizens wealth beyond their imagination. He challenged parents to deliver clear messages about the significance of geology, math and science in general at school. The Consul General reaffirmed his commitment to provide scholarship sources for all Sierra Leonean students in the United States, Sierra Leone and everywhere looking to major in geology and other science subjects.

Mr. Spiller commended the president, Ernest Bai Koroma, for his vision to accelerate development programs within a very short time since he took over the reins of government. He said that the country is greatly improving. He also gave credit to the president for the new mining Act that he believes has attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and creating thousands of jobs. The country’s turnaround in education, free health care initiative for pregnant women and lactate children, and what he described as the biggest road construction program in the country’s history are among his major accomplishments.

r-l The Texas Chief himself, Mr. Sanpha Sesay and Mr. Spiller

Mr. Reginald Spiller was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2011 as Honorary Consul General covering the state of Texas and Oklahoma. The State Department has approved his credentials as diplomat representing Sierra Leone.

The Honorary Consul has an international experience spanning over 50 African and other developing countries. He has served the U.S government as deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Energy prior to his 30 years experience as a petroleum geologist. He is a geoscientist promoting earth and engineering sciences, and he is a master of health safety, and environmental experience.

Mr. Spiller’s duties and responsibilities as a volunteer representative of Sierra Leone are to provide a more accessible and responsive service to Sierra Leoneans and other nationals. He will act as a link between local institutions and businesses in America, helping to develop cooperation and joint working partnership between commercial and non-commercial organizations.

By Sanpha Sesay, Texas Chief

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