In Sierra Leone: SAMCO Fishing Company in Hot Water
Very recently, the Parliamentary Committee on Fishing mounted investigation into the activities of SAMCO Fishing Company situated at Cline Town in Freetown.
During the timely visit, the Committee discovered that the fishing company has worked for over four years without honoring financial obligation to the Government.
They also discovered that even the working environment is not friendly for workers who are working without protective gears in the cold room while many also complained that the company never subscribed them to the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT).
Contacting the Manager in charge of the business at his Cline Town office, Mr. Allay responded that they are trying to pay all their dues to Government as soon as possible as required by the law.
He stated that the Ministry of Fisheries has written a letter to the management to pay an inspection visit to the institution in connection with the findings of Parliament.
Mr. Allay pointed out that the company has operated in Sierra Leone for decades not to exploit citizens but to provide jobs and honor Corporate Social Responsibility, adding that they are prepared to welcome the auditors as they believe that they are operating in a transparent manner for the benefit of all supposed beneficiaries.
According to Mr. Allay, SAMCO has stopped all operations for years now until recently, adding that as a company working for the interest of the people, they are ready to comply with any Government regulation for not only the smooth operation of their business but for the benefit of the country as a whole.
He therefore assured that the company would not do anything to the detriment of citizens and non-Sierra Leoneans in the country, and further assured to strengthen compliance with the Parliamentary Committee in Parliament and the central Government.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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