Public consultation and dialogue on the Environment Impact Assessment conducted by the CEMMAT Group Limited on behalf of the New Oil Jetty project in the Quarry and Kissy Dockyard communities has continued at the Santano House in Freetown.
Opening the stakeholders’ dialogue session, the Deputy Director for Industries in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mikai Turay said disclosure of such nature is very important move in the industrial development process of the country.
He noted that the Trade Ministry has a role too in the process giving its responsibility to formulate policies for industrial development in the country. He disclosed that very soon an Industrial Development Policy will be unveiled to the public.
He called on Petro Jetty Limited to adopt the Local Content Policy in its consideration for employment with Sierra Leoneans as priority.
On behalf of his constituents, the Member of Parliament for Constituency 101, Honourable Abdulsaalam Kanu said the occasion was an epoch-making and was pleased to be part of it. He said government is committed to ensuring that majority of its citizens are lifted out of poverty through community development projects.
Hon. Kanu disclosed that Kissy is the most populated community in the Western Area and that it will be good that both Quarry and Kissy Dockyard communities with populations over 2,000 residents are fully represented to ensure that the New Oil Jetty Project is implemented according to the project document in order to benefit the communities.
The Member of Parliament encouraged his constituents to cooperate and collaborate with the local authorities during and after the project implementation.
The Technical Assistant of Petro Jetty, Samantha Elsenhauer, in her power point presentation explained that it is important for the affected communities and Petro Jetty Limited to have a clear understanding about what the project is about and how it will be implemented. He observed that the new jetty will increase the supply of various kinds of petroleum products including bio-fuel.
Presentations on the project’s features, impact, mitigation, management and minority measures were presented by representatives from Petro Jetty and CEMMAT Group Limited, and the subject were discussed at length by participants including stakeholders and representatives of the two host communities.
By Ade Campbell
Thursday May 01, 2014