Fact Finding – Usu Boie visits massive timber investment company in Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leone Timber Exporters and Processing Factory is a $1.5 million indigenous investment being established in this country by a Sierra Leonean named Alie Suma who has been dealing in timber for several years.
The massive factory which is being established at Waterloo will be producing and processing timber to manufacture various types of furniture to an international standard using sophisticated imported machinery.
Through the help of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Honorable Alhaji Usu Boie Kamara, the factory, in March this year, obtained license to operate and has already employed 210 workers among them 50 women, all of whom have been trained to operate the sophisticated machines which the factory is in the process of installing and will soon start operations.
On Monday, April 8, the Trade Minister and his team visited the factory at Manor Corner, Waterloo, Western Rural, on a fact finding mission to ascertain whether it is being established in consonance with the agreement it signed with the Government of Sierra Leone.
Speaking at the factory site, Honorable Boie Kamara expressed tremendous joy to see President Koroma’s ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ coming to realization as evidenced by the establishment of such a big industry by a Sierra Leonean investor.
The Trade Minister said he was particularly impressed by the factory’s motto, “Cut One, Plant Five”, which he described as very appropriate and a pointer to the fact that it has not come to ruin the forests of this nation. He encouraged the workers to work in harmony with the investor and to be very honest in the discharge of their duties, calling on all of them to be watchdogs and expose any worker engaged in fraudulent activities that can hinder the progress of the factory. He admitted that he was overwhelmed with delight to see women actively participating in the work of the industry and urged the proprietor to employ more women to ensure a speedy growth of the industry.
“I am always happy to see Sierra Leonean women actively participating in nation building and I believe they can do better if given the opportunity,” Boie stressed.
Responding to comments, Proprietor and Managing Director, Alie Suma expressed pride and joy to see smiles on the faces of the workers, especially the women. He extended special thanks to Honorable Usu Boie Kamara for the pivotal role he played in making the establishment of the industry a success, especially regarding the acquisition of their license.
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