Two Hundred Secondary and university students have received scholarships from the management of Leocem Company through their member of parliament of constituency 103 Hon Rosaline Jariatu Smith and team as assistance in their educational pursuit. The venture is a community development action plan of Leocem in the operational area of the company. The Management of Leocem Company presented the scholarships and school furniture at the Bishop Crowther Memorial Hall, Cline Town.
The Member of Parliament of Constituency 103 Hon Rosaline Jariatu Smith said this is the first time her constituency is undertaking such a project. According to her the Leocem Company used to offer only thirty scholarships in the past but with their hard work they have increased it to two Hundred.
She said that the project costs Two Hundred and Forty Five million Leones covering the scholarship scheme, the school furniture and the safe drinking water.
A representative of ACC Nabila Musa Kamara described the transparency and accountability shown by Hon Smith and team as exceptional. He called on other people in position of trust in various capacities to emulate the team by reporting to their people they represent.
He encouraged the Kanikay residents to protect the assets of Leocem and urged all Sierra Leoneans to report any suspected corrupt practices in their community.
The Leocem Managing Director Anne Johannsen appreciated the Kanikay community for allowing the company to operate in the area. He assured the people of their continued support to the community. He said if the company is to develop, its needs the support of the community by acquiring the required leadership skills. He pointed out the role played by the community to contain the Ebola virus and during the flooding last year; urging them to form sub-committees that will express their felt needs.
The area Chief Pa Alimamy Conteh requested for a community centre. Councillor Ayo Bangura urged the students especially the girls to take their school work seriously.
A representative of the Environment Protection Agency Mohamed Kamara said that they pioneered the project assuring the community that all companies operating in the area will copy from the Leocem company.