Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Following Vice President Juldeh Jalloh’s recent visit to Guinea, where he conveyed a message of solidarity in the aftermath of a devastating fire at their major oil depot, significant strides have been made to fulfil Sierra Leone’s commitment to assist its neighbour.
During his visit, Vice President Jalloh pledged to send one hundred and fifty trucks loaded with fuel to Conakry, Guinea, to support the Guinean government in overcoming the challenges posed by the destruction of their primary fuel storage facility. This promise aimed to facilitate the continuity of normal business operations in Guinea and aid in the construction of a replacement facility with sufficient capacity to meet the country’s fuel demands.
In a remarkable display of solidarity, Sierra Leone’s major oil importer, National Petroleum (NP), swiftly took action to fulfil the commitment. Last week, NP officials orchestrated the arrival of a substantial consignment of fuel, strategically planned to meet the needs of both Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Over the course of the Christmas holidays, dedicated NP staff worked tirelessly from Sunday through Monday, ensuring the successful loading of nearly 5 million litres of fuel, including both petrol and diesel. The fuel was promptly loaded onto the waiting fleet of 150 Guinean fuel trucks, ready to embark on the journey to Conakry.
The departure of the convoy from Sierra Leone was met with enthusiastic cheers from the Guinean population, who lined the streets to welcome the much-needed assistance. The collaborative effort between Vice President Jalloh’s commitment and NP’s prompt and efficient execution reflects a strong bond of solidarity between the two neighbouring nations during times of adversity.
Sierra Leone’s swift and compassionate response underscores the importance of regional cooperation and assistance in times of crisis, fostering a spirit of unity and support among nations. KXL/27/12/2023