By Sahr Dumbar Matturi
Sierra Leone — In a bid to promote the educational sector at constituency level, the APC Honorable Member of Parliament for Constituency 103, Mrs. Jariatu Rosaline Smith, on Wednesday 5th January 2016 donated over two hundred Scholarships and furniture to schools with sponsorship from Leocem Cement Factory.
The sponsorship is part of Leocem’s Corporate Social Responsibility to the Kanikay Community in response to the mandate of the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency.
The ceremony attracted a huge crowd of community stakeholders, officials from the Leocem Cement Factory, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and Students from the Bishop Crowther School.
Giving the welcome address, the Chairman, Retired Captain Kabia, disclosed that the event is organized to distribute learning materials and award scholarships to schools.
Giving update on Leocem Cement Factory’s support to the Constituency, Hon. Mrs. Jaraitu Rosaline Smith revealed that she has never received $75,000 from any company in her constituency as was alleged by some people. “The beneficiaries of this support are students from tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools within my constituency and it cuts across all tribes, colours and religions,” she disclosed, appealing for the scheme to be extended outside the Kanikay Community.
She disclosed that Leocem used to provide 30 scholarships but that after engagement with the company they now provide over two hundred. “When this happened, I called the community stakeholders to a meeting and told about it. By then the community was in dire need of water; according to the EPA document, sanitation and water were priority at the time. During this time Ebola took center stage and Leocem requested that we use the money available to undertake sensitization campaigns. We supported over three hundred quarantined homes and part of it was used to provide them with food,” she explained.
The Honorable concluded by saying that the second installment of Le125m was received on the 28th of August 2015, and 150 secondary students received a scholarship of Le300, 000 each. University Students from FBC, IPAM, UN, and MMCET were given Le3m each, Polytechnics Le1,500,000 each including the distribution of 200 desks and chairs to five schools in the Constituency.
Speaking on behalf of the Leocem Cement Factory, the Managing Director Mr. Johansen expressed thanks and appreciation to the Kanikay Community for hosting his company. According to him, Mrs Smith has been very transparent in working with Leocem, adding that they will continue to disburse more funds as promised. He concluded by urging the MP to set sub-community development committees.
A representative from the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Nabillahi Musa Kamara, said the fight against Corruption is a collective responsibility and highly praised the MP and her team for inviting the ACC to witness the exercise.
Mr. Mohamed A. Kamara, the Environmental Protection Officer at the Environment Protection Agency) highly praised the efforts of Leocem Factory for complying to EPASL mandates.