May 8, 2019
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Chairman of Westminster Group, a London based company has assured of his institution’s readiness and determination to continue investing in Sierra Leone.
Rt Hon. Sir Tony Baldry, who was in the country to explore possible ways of investing, said Westminster is a British owned company with all the shareholders being British and listed in the London Stock Exchange.
“We started operating in Sierra Leone in 2012 when the country was in dire need of a professional company to take care of the ground handling of the Lungi airport. At that time we sent in 30 experts to work with Sierra Leoneans and today only three are still in the country adhering to the Local Content Policy,” he said.
Hon T. Baldry disclosed that millions of Pounds was raised in handling the standard of the airport and ensured it safety with less complaints of stealing.
“We will continue to invest in modern equipment and sniffer dogs because wherever we work, we believe in giving quality and adhering to standards. We will look at other areas like agriculture to invest and we will not relent to help bring investors into the country,” he assured.
He spoke about his meeting with President Julius Maada Bio and Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to discuss how his company can help in the development process of the country.
He said during his discussion with President Bio, they talked about how to modernize the airport, bringing down the ticket prices, getting direct flights from London to Sierra Leone and ecotourism, as well as how they can help in the investment conference next month in London.
The Westminster Group Chairman said dilated on how they can reduce the price of tickets so that it can be at par with other Mano River Union Countries for competitiveness will start soon.
“On my return I will look for flights that will start operating between London and Sierra Leone as presently there is no direct flight between the two countries. We will do our best to make sure that the investment conference becomes successful so that more British companies will come and to invest,” he noted.
He added that with more investment in the country, it will create more job opportunities, services and products for the people.
The Westminster Group Plc has extensive experience gained over many years in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a wide range of security and defence solutions including a wide range of anti-terrorism equipment & systems, border security systems and homeland security solutions.