Sierra Rutile Ltd (SRL), as part of its corporate social responsibility is sponsoring three of its young engineers to undertake postgraduate Mining Engineering courses in Ghana. The three, Alie Dausy Yumkella, Alusine Minah and Abdulai Conteh are all young graduate engineers working for the company as a metallurgist and geologist respectively.
In a brief ceremony to bid farewell to the three, the Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Rutile, Mr. John Sisay, congratulated them for the award as it reflects the confidence the company has in them. He reminded them that they would be going to Ghana not only as SRL representatives but as ambassadors of education for Sierra Leone. Mining engineers are an endangered species in the country as very few people now venture into this field; hence SRL’s investment in young people in this area.
Mr. Sisay told them how proud he was of them and asked them to set a very good example both in their social and academic life whilst in Ghana so that other young and deserving people could be given the same opportunity in the future.
He also told the three young men that even though SRL and the entire mining sector in the country are going through a very challenging period, the company has still decided to offer them the scholarships as he believes that things will turn around positively in the not too distant future and Sierra Leoneans need to have the capacity to take over from the older generation and expatriates.
That was one reason, Mr. Sisay pointed out, why SRL in partnership with others has invested so much in establishing a technical vocational school within the mining lease area.
Responding to the CEO on behalf of his colleagues, Dausy Yumkella expressed their thanks and gratitude to Mr. Sisay and SRL for awarding the scholarship even though the company was facing difficulties.
He said they realised the burden the company had placed on them by giving them this opportunity and he promised they would all return with flying colours to make SRL and the country a better place.
Alie Dausy Yumkella would be undertaking a two-year M.Sc course in Mineral Engineering whilst Abdulai Conteh and Alusine Minah would be undertaking a one-year post-graduate diploma course in the same field.
They would be studying at The University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana and they left Freetown past Sunday.