The people of lower Masimra Chiefdom in the Port Loko have over the weekend benefited from US$ 5000 from Quifel natural resource and biofuel agribusiness in Sierra Leone as part of its commitment towards the Masimra Chiefdom Community Development Fund.
In his keynote address the Deputy Local Government Minister Raymond Kabia praised the intervention of quifel into his community and termed it is a positive move in enhancing the development of that community, noting that he is still looking out for more investment for his chiefdom. He said government’s primary priority is to create the enabling environment to attract meaningful investment in the country so as to generate gainful employment for the labour force in the country. “Contrary to wide speculation that some Local authorities request huge amount of money from investors, we have not demanded a single cent from any investor because we do not want to stifle development” the minister said.
At the end of the meeting, the Minister called up all community elders to a quick meeting where they decided on how to utilize the funds towards the common good of the community.
The head of quifel in Sierra Leone Rita Rijo expressed gratitude to every member of the Masimra community for their cooperation in actualizing the programme which he attributed to mutual trust and harmonize relationship.
She went on to say that, the contribution towards the Community Development Fund was a memorable one as it marked the beginning of the social project, noting that the contribution is not the end of things as they would continuously benefit from some percentage of the programmer when the shall have started operations .she confirmed that, they have already done assessment on all the infrastructural needs of the community and will sooner or later decide on where to start.
The head of field operations of quiver agribusiness Jonas Coleman said the objective of the meeting was to contribute towards the community development fund as stipulated in the lease agreement that was signed a couple of months ago.
Another field officer of the company JP Amara said there is a marked difference between serious investment and unserious investment, noting that they have been moving across the chiefdom to ensure that they actualize the quifel project to develop the people and community. The Regent Chief of Lower Masimra Chiefdom Farok Sesay said his community is divided into Lower and Upper Masimra, but the Upper Masimra is very conducive for rice production while Lower Masimra is conducive for tree plants like oil palm. He said the quifel agribusiness has a potential to boost the socio economic lives of his people depends the inhabitants are ready to cooperate with the company as they constitute a key to the success of the project.
He admonished all the land owners to serve as monitor of the agreement in order ensure the full implementation of the project as stipulated in the agreement.
By Solomon Rogers