Sierra Leone Trade Minister visits local industries in the East of Freetown
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara (in photo), together with his team, paid a familiarization visit to several local industries in the East of Freetown.
The visit on past Tuesday took the Honorable Minister to the National Confectionery Company, NATCO, Victory Enterprises, and the Sierra Leone Brewery, all in the Wellington Industrial Estate area. The minister’s visit is part of his efforts to revive the vividly deteriorating local industries of Sierra Leone.
Speaking during the visit to the Sierra Leone Brewery, Honorable Usu Boie Kamara noted that over the years, some local industries have degenerated to a dying point, adding that his visit was meant to diagnose their problems and prescribe solutions so as to revamp them. He recommended that the industries be working in concert with the Members of Parliament, the Councilors and Chairmen of the constituencies in which they operate, so that they can be au fait with the problems of the people. He further recommended that the industries give employment priority to needy youths around their operational areas in order to enhance President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity.
Honorable Usu Boie Kamara called on the industries to be cooperating with the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau so that they can be producing quality, not quantity products for public consumption.
Highlighting the problems facing the Sierra Leone Brewery, the Managing Director, A W M Ngana stated that the epileptic electricity in Freetown has been adversely affecting the operations of the company which in turn compels the company to have to expend billions of Leones on generating power for production. The Managing Director also said that shortage of water supply and excess taxation have been serving as major obstacles to the rapid development of the company, noting that despite the problems, the company has been striving to meet its corporate social responsibilities. He cited that the company has provided an ambulance and sophisticated medical equipment for the Wellington Health Centre, adding that the company has a massive corporate investment in Yele in the provinces.
By Raymond Bai-Kamara
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