Some 96 students from Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) visited London Mining Company’s mining site at Lunsar on Saturday to practicalize their studies.
Speaking to some of the students, they said they are coming from the Business Management classes to actually see how they can mould the theoretical aspect of their course with the practical.
They visited every area of the mine with the expatriates on hand to lecture them on how they are working.
The students commenting on what they have learnt, t said they have a module called Business Operations and they thought it fit to use London Mining as a case study because they are a multinational company that has all the international flavor.
They said what they have learnt was actually what their lecturers have been teaching them and they praised the experts who took them round the tour of all the major areas of the mine.
The Financial Controller Andrew Lane took them through the company’s administration as well as their finance and they were privileged to ask as many questions as possible, and they got the answers they wanted.
The students said they were really impressed with what they saw at the mining site as they thought that London Mining was full of speeches, but they were shocked to see how serious the company was.
Questions of why they were given such concession, the FC explained that they inherited a mine that has no facility or infrastructure and they have to start from scratch and if they have to, they need it as no multinational will work with such stiff condition.
The students were very much in support as they said when such a big company comes to town to invest, they should be given tax holiday for at least five years.
They supported the government and also have the belief that London Mining that have establishment all over the world is not a ‘flight by night’ company.
Meanwhile, London Mining has almost finished rehabilitating the naked structure for their administrative block and the work is being done by MODCON who should complete the work in the next two months.
The FC Andrew Lane said they are working against time as they want to start effective production latest by the end of the year so they will start export early in 2011.
Presently, London Mining has started mining with the Diamond Drill and they have started drilling the ore from underneath the earth. Different samples are taken and they are graded to know exactly what they will start exporting next year.
Two of the drills are at work and the mining has started in earnest as they have employed more Sierra Leonean experts from the United States that are working for the company.