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For Compliance and Commitment Parliament Commends CT-CEM

For Compliance and Commitment Parliament Commends CT-CEM

The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Lands, Infrastructure and Environment in Parliament last week commended Oliver Albrecht Project Manager and Managing Director of CT-CEM Sierra Leone Limited.

The Committee Chairman Honorable Jusufu B. Mansary of Constituency 073 in the Bo District Commended CT-CEM for its commitment and compliance and for its availed useful information they provided the Committee with and valid detail documents during the summons at the Administrative Building at OAU Drive, Tower Hill, Freetown.

Hon. J.B. Mansaray further stated that they as a committee summoned CT-CEM Cement Factory/Company for better understanding with the company, adding that as Members of Parliament (MPs) they need to be provided with comprehensive status of report with evidence including updates of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) License, Business Registration Certificate, National Revenue Authority (NRA), NASSIT and as well as any other relevant documents in respect of the Environment under the Laws of Sierra Leone.

Hon. J.B. Mansaray also noted that MPs have the power to investigate and prosecute directly or indirectly on the Environmental Act 2008 in the Environmental Assessment Impact EIA.

Hon. Umar Paran Tarawelly of Constituency 069 in Bo District also outlined some of the penalties and offenses of the EIA 2008 he said, any person who contravenes subsection (1) commits a crime against the Law and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Le25 million in a case of national and $10,000 in a case of non-citizen, or a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years or both a fine and imprisonment.

He added that the EIA excepts as otherwise provided in the Act and notwithstanding the previsions of any enactment, no person shall undertook or cause to be undertaken any of the project set out in the first schedules unless he or she holds a valid License in respect of such Project.

In another development, CT-CEM Sierra Leone Limited Project Manager and Managing Director Oliver Albrecht in his response informed the Committee that his Project is worth of $1.2 Million a 250,000 tones Cement per annum to meet the demands for Sierra Leoneans with sophisticated modern machinery in the country.

Oliver Albrecht informed MPs that he had already identified two areas for his factory where CT-CEM will be operating, he said the old SLPMB at Cline Town where the project will be producing the cement and Willington where the bagging will take place at Constituency 097.

He said that he has good working relationship assured MPs that his 28 staff are well paid, well protected and well equipped.

He added that, his company had just one year operation without achieving any head way and promised that the factory will work very hard in collaboration with the community in their best interest of providing basic needs, and support as part of it  cooperate social responsibility SCR.

He expressed appreciation to the committee and promise to support any identify project submitted by the community as he said it is only this year the Constituency development fund committees CDFC was created with the help of EPA.

Oliver Albrecht provided all required for the committee to achieve the objectives of the committee including corporate social responsibility, action plan development, Environmental Social Impact Assessment, ESIA Development, environmental license, Business Registration Certificate, noting that is presently financing the construction of a police station at the Peacock Farm community, providing scholarship and water project at the Wellington community.

However, the chairman Hon. Jusufu B. Mansaray commended CT-CETI while ordering the police for the restriction of Sheriff Maligie of Victory Factory to be detained for three hours for Jeopardy, misleading the committee and a disorderly manner before parliament.

By Mohamed Y. Turay

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