Alleged conflict of interest at NMA


September 11, 2019

Document in the possession of Concord Times has revealed that the current Director General of the National Minerals Agency (NMA) is currently serving as an Associate Principal Consultant of INTEGEM, a firm that provides geological and mining consulting for major mining companies in Sierra Leone.

But the Communications Director of NMA,Ibrahim Satty Kamara, has refuted claims of conflict of interest, stating that his boss resigned from the firm immediately he received appointment to serve the NMA.

“I will not deny that he worked for the company but he had resigned immediately he was appointed as Director General of NMA.My boss is one of the decent Sierra Leoneans who cannot meddle into any mess,” he said.

Asked about any resignation letter to back up his defense, Kamara could not provide one but stated that only the company can make such document available.

Meanwhile, it is indicated in paragraph 3 of his profile  that  the Director General, Julius D.Mattai is the Founder and was the Managing Director (2011-2019) of INTEGEMS, where he provided integrated geo-information; geo-scientific; geology and mining; research; monitoring & evaluation; and environmental management services and solutions to various private businesses and governmental and non-governmental organisations, including the World Bank, UNDP, UNOPS, UNICEF, ARUP, TRANSCO, ShanSteel and various Government of Sierra Leone Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The bone of contention now is that he is referred to as an Associate Principal Consultant in the profile carrying the logo of his previous company.