What Minister Usman Boie said at Sierra Leone Brewery
I am indeed happy to be here once again to participate in another milestone of the brewery. In April I was here to support the launch of the sorghum CREATE project. As the supervising Minister for industries I am always willing to give priority to investors who set up local industry and create employment for our people. Such industries should ensure that they contribute to the development of the local economy. This fits well into His Excellency’s Agenda for Prosperity process.
Today is a special day in that the Brewery has invited us for two occasions now combined to one. Firstly in line with their vision to be an exemplary company in Sierra Leone, and to continue to produce at the highest local and internationally recognised quality standard, Sierra Leone Brewery Limited has installed and commissioned an ultramodern new water treatment plant.
Quantitatively, water is the major raw material used in the production of their various beverages. SLBL also uses water for a lot of other processes including cleaning and rinsing.
A guaranteed supply of water is essential to the brewery operations. It is now known that their sources of water include the grid from Guma Valley Water Company and their own wells and boreholes.
It is also known that the nature of source water will greatly affect the quality of their products. The water used at the brewery must be of drinking water quality.
The investment of installing and commissioning of water treatment plant I am told is over 2.45 Billion Leones. I am also informed that this equipment will have the capacity to purify the raw water to acceptable World Health Organization (WHO) standard’s which will ensure that the brewery continues to provide high quality product for their consumers. Such an investment is commendable and we as a government associate ourselves to well meaning businesses such as brewery who display confidence in the economy and invest in human skills, plant and machinery.
Agriculture and Manufacturing from the real sector of the economy adding value at every stage of their processes. We will continue to give industries such as Sierra Leone Brewery the attention it deserves. Having being incorporated in Sierra Leone since just after independence in 1962, the brewery now qualifies as our real partners for development and we are happy to note that investments aimed at modernizing their production operations is being done remarkably well.
Secondly we understand that the brewery also underwent a Bureau Veritas International Standards Organization processes leading to them being fully certified in two basic standards of quality Management Systems and Food safety. We wholeheartedly congratulate them on his achievement and hope that having once again put Sierra Leone on the international map they will maintain such accolades and even move to higher heights. No doubt with the support of their parent company Heineken International we expect no less and we hope that they will continue at this level, so that consumers and stakeholders will be loyal to quality products.
I will be remiss in my duty if do not use this opportunity to congratulate the entire management and staff of the brewery on these two occasions and to encourage members of the fourth estate here present, to justify their participation by being ambassadors of what has happened here today with appropriate media reports and information.
Before moving over to do the launching of the water treatment plant at its site, it is with pleasure and singular honour that I now symbolically launch and declare the newly installed water treatment plant and new beer filter duly commissioned for the intended purpose.
I thank you all for your attention and I wish the Sierra Leone Brewery once again continued success.
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