London Mining Combats Flooding in Lunsar
As a result of the heavy rains, the Old Port Loko Road and Fofanah Street in Lunsar Town were flooded, leading to the destruction of two houses and other properties in the townships.
During a conducted tour with London Mining Company’s (LMC) Head of Media Relations and Communications, Mr. Osman Lahai, on 6 Thursday May 2013, journalists discovered that the flooding took place because of the poor drainage system in the area and culverts that were blocked by household refuse.
LMC Manager for Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Mr. Francis Lahai, told journalists that the company has hired a contractor to cut drains and culverts into the two bridges to prepare for the return of heavy rains. He also said that the rains cut off the roads and the Lunsar community had contacted LMC for assistance. “We have hired Universal Ventures Ltd., to prepare earthworks and drainage installations in the town because this is a major road-link to the Lunsar community and other settlements,” he said. Mr. Lahai also disclosed that the company is spending US$91,000 to reinstate the drainage system in the town.
The CEO of Universal Ventures, Mr. Prince Alieu, promised a standard job for the community and disclosed that their company has been working with LMC for over three years.
The Lunsar Town Chief, Mr. Alfred Kamara, boastfully said that LMC is performing its Corporate Social Responsibilities in Lunsar. “This flooding was a serious problem for the community people but London Mining stepped in at the right time to alleviate the suffering of my people,” he said.
The Youth Chairman for Marampa Chiefdom and Port Loko District, Mr. Frank Conteh, thanked LMC for its timely intervention. “Upon hearing the bad news from the community people, LMC management visited the scene and organized for the rehabilitation of the drainage system of the two bridges. Frank also revealed that the community has a very good relationship with London Mining Company and that the company is currently constructing a maternity ward at Lunsar Health Centre.
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