Sierra Leone — The Wilkinson Hill Mining Company, a subsidiary of AMR Gold, has allocated Two Hundred Million Leones (Le200,000,000) approx. $40,000USD to undertake development programs in Sella Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District.
This disclosure was made by the AMR Gold, Community Liaison Coordinator, John P. Moriba, at the Kamakwie Court Barry.
According to Mr. Moriba, the Two Hundred Million Leones worth of development projects for the people of Sella Limba will cover educational empowerment, community development and payment of surface/land rent to landowners.
Mr. Moriba informed community stakeholders that the development projects are part of the Wilkinson Hill Mining Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs promised to the entire community. He added that these benefits are among numerous projects expected to be offered by the small scale mining operation.
“Our primary focus as a company is the provision of more jobs for Sierra Leoneans devoid of regional background and social status,” he said.
He said since 2011, AMR Gold has provided employment to over three hundred Sierra Leoneans from senior management to junior staff and unskilled labour.
Among the development projects supported by AMR Gold are the construction of the Kamasorie and Kakuru bridges; provided computer literacy training for thirty youths; rehabilitation of the Kamakwie maternity center; establishment of the fifty acres of oil palm nurseries; supply of agricultural equipment for five villages and sections; provision of 2.5 KVA generator for the Sierra Leone Police; provision of one hundred desks and chairs to two secondary schools in Kamakwie town; rehabilitated and refurbished the Ministry of Mines office in Kamakwie and provided financial support to the Kawula women for agricultural purpose.
He noted that because AMR Gold recognizes the role played by the media in bringing governance to the people, the company has provided logistical and financial support to the only community radio station-radio Sella Okentu.
He gave assurances that Wilkinson Hill Mining Company is set to start responsible mining operation in Kathanta village, which will be done within the ambit of the law.