The London Mining Company Sierra Leone has adhered to the government’s call of employing majority of their work force within the country.
This disclosure was made last Saturday when students from the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) went on a tour to practicalize their studies on the ground.
Speaking to some of the staff at the mining site, they said London Mining is doing very well by adhering to the conditions given to them by government as majority of the workers at the site are Sierra Leoneans.
The Chief Chemist Alhaji Osman Zubairu Deen said he controls his department and he is working under conducive atmosphere, stressing “as you can see around most of us senior officials are Sierra Leoneans and this is the way it will run for years to come”
He said LMC is very serious about the mining and they are working according to schedule and he hope that the rains will not affect their schedule because the company plans to start export early next year.
The newly employed Project Manager, Power Supply, Transmission and Distribution Samuel Francis Mahoi said he was appointed two months ago disclosing that he was working in the United States when he got the appointment. “I chose to join LMC because I saw an excellent company that wants to push Sierra Leone forward, and because they trust us Sierra Leoneans to do a good job”, he said.
Mr Mahoi averred that before he joined LMC he made sure that they are not a ‘flight by night’ company and they are in Sierra Leone for minimum 30 years.
He said the CEO Graeme Hossie assured him that if even they had to close before that time they have other mining companies all over the world that they would need their expertise, stressing the point that London Mining is viable and serious about making Sierra Leone a better place by giving back to the country through employment, their corporate social responsibility and infrastructural development.
The Financial Controller Andrew Lane who was the only foreign staff we met said the company believes in the conditions laid down by government and also there are many Sierra Leoneans who are more than qualify for these positions.
At the mining site where workers were drilling the earth’s surface there was no foreign staff amongst them and they said London Mining was doing fine as most of them were employed from Lunsar and the environment.
Asked about conditions of service, they said they would not say they are having the best, but what they are receiving they appreciate. They went on to state that the management is making sure they are well protected by distributing protective covers like helmet, boots, gloves and overalls and they have good medical facilities in case of any eventuality.
Another senior official I spoke to commend the workers and said they have warned them that they should refrain from theft as anyone caught will be sacked.