London Mining Company on Sunday was awarded the Mining Company of the Year and the one of two Community Champions of Sierra Leone. The award ceremony took place in London and was organized by Sierra Leone Excellence Awards based in United Kingdom.
Accepting the awards on behalf of London Mining, Josephine Saidu the Communications Officer said it is with pride and humility that she was collecting the awards on behalf of the Executive Management and staff.
Miss Saidu averred that they were extremely grateful to a number of people and groups for such remarkable achievement. “But firstly, we want to say thank you to all those who voted for us. We appreciate you and we will not let you down in our pursuit to complement the government’s effort in developing the country’s economy”, she said.
She thanked the organisers and acknowledged their zest and desire to encourage well meaning individuals and organizations in and outside Sierra Leone to keep the fire burning. “A simple word of thanks isn’t enough to compensate for your efforts and hard work in getting this fixed. But that’s all we can offer.”
She stated that the award will not only make their work in Sierra Leone visible to the world, but will also demonstrate their close ties with the communities they are working in. This award shows that the organisers didn’t just sit here in England and make assumptions, but shows how much efforts they gave to ensure that the entire process was fair. Giving a quote from Maya Angelou, who once said, ‘When you learn, teach; when you get, give.’ I want you to know that this award to us means that we will continue to strive to give back to Sierra Leone what we hope to as it is going to give to us in resources, so that together as a country and a company, we might even be more worthy of the honour.
London Mining Company believes in giving back to the community and its people that which seem to be out of their ordinary reach. Just for those of you who might want to know a bit about the company, here is a gist.
London Mining Company Limited, a subsidiary of London Mining Plc in the UK started operations in Sierra Leone in 2006. Led by its dynamic Managing Director, David Keili, the company has been steadfastly laying the foundations for the re-opening of the defunct Delco mines, which has been dormant for over 35 years. The Company successfully signed a Mining Lease Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone on December 31st 2009, which was approved by cabinet and unanimously ratified by parliament in February 2010. This will enable the company to carry out the production of 1.5 million tonnes of iron ore per annum from existing tailings within 12-18 months. The production level will triple in succeeding years and by next year; the company intends to produce 10 million tonnes of ore which will lead us automatically into our primary ore production.
Over the years, London Mining Company has embarked on a number of activities as part of their corporate social responsibility, to foster growth and development in Sierra Leone. The move is also to ensure that the company establishes a healthy relationship with the government and the community within which they operate. London Mining has constructed over 30 modern hand-pump water wells, constructed several bridges for vehicular traffic within Pepel and its environs. The company has also renovated the Pepel Court Barray, the Lunsar Health Centre, undertakes crop compensation based on crop assessment process involving the impacted community and has repaired deteriorated main roads in the Lunsar Township. London Mining has also provided mobile machinery for community sanitary needs, meet assistance requested from schools, hospitals, cultural, traditional and social events.
Other winners at the award ceremony were Olabisi Garrick of 98.1 FM and AWOL.