African Minerals Limited Exploration Company has doled out millions of Leones worth of office equipment, including a 50 inch Samsung coloured television set and a brand new full system HP desktop computer, to the Sierra Leone Airport Authority (SLAA).
On behalf of the Executive Chairman Frank Timis, the delegation which comprised the Finance Manager George Kodjoe, Logistics Manager Musa Alie Bangura and Public Relations Manager Mustapha Kamara, made the presentation at the SLAA office on Rawdon Street in Freetown.
Mr Kodjoe said the massive TV set was to add an aura of comfort to the departure VIP Lounge at the Lungi International Airport while the computer would further enhance the public relations wing of the Authority.
“As one of the leading mining companies in the country, this is just one of the many efforts we make to live up to our Corporate Social Responsibilities. We have built schools, markets, community centres and provided clean drinking water in almost all the communities in which we operate,” he said.
It should be noted that as a socially responsible organisation and one of the largest employers in Sierra Leone, African Minerals Limited is continually implementing social development programmes within Sierra Leone to support communities in its operational areas and to complement government initiatives across the country.
Upon receipt of the items, the Managing Director of SLAA John Brima said they were “overwhelmed, impressed and highly enthused by the gesture.”
He disclosed that for the first 20 years the institution has not received any such goodwill before and that African Minerals was the first to have done so.
“This will go a long way to help the airport authority in its operations. We should be able to provide some of these items for our offices but we are constrained due to poor traffic volume. Apart from that we generate electricity on our own and it eats up all the revenue we generate,” he said.
Board Chairman Hassan Kamara confirmed that the donation was happening for the first time in all his years as chair. He thanked the team for their intervention and expressed hope for future engagement.
Osman Dumbuya, in the Special Service division of SLAA in Lungi, said he was happy to have been part of the project since its inception.