November 23, 2018
The management of Dayu Mining Company has disclosed that the company is set to invest and undertake sustainable development projects/prorammes in Simira Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, Northern Sierra Leone to better the living conditions of the people in the primary mining host communities.
The above revelation was made by the Company’s Community and HR Consultant, Mohamed Sultan Daffae, during a meeting with members of the Community Development Committee including land owning families.
Youth groups from various sections in the chiefdom, section chiefs and women groups were in attendance.
The Member of Parliament representing Constituency 055, Rose Marie Bangura commended Dayu Mining for such a meeting aimed at discussing the Community Development Agreement. He thanked Dayu’s leadership for their development stride to provide jobs and undertake sustainable projects such as roads, gravity water dam and the Africell tower.
He cautioned members of the Committee to thoroughly go through the document and recommend or bring forward their concerns where the need arise.
Quoting Section 139 of the Mines and Minerals Act of 2009, the Member of Parliament said, a mining company is required to assist in promoting sustainable development, enhancing the general welfare and the quality of life for the community people.
Hon. Rose Marie entreat the company’s management to be mindful of the growing youth unemployment and therefore encouraged them to be ready to support the government to address this challenge.
Explaining the importance of the meeting, Dayu’s Community and HR Consultant, Mohamed Sultan Daffae said the Community Development Agreement (CDA) is the agreement entered into pursuant to Sections 139 and 140 of the Mines and Minerals Act, 2009, which will require the company to pay 1% of its annual gross revenue to the Community Development Funds.
Daffae said, “We are here to discuss the CDA and to tell you that we are ready to take the lead by implementing the proposed 1% of the Company’s annual gross revenue, which we are going to set aside annually to be expended for sustainable development initiatives.”
He informed that the current percentage enshrined in the Mines and Minerals Act is 0.01 percent but this section will be reviewed by the government to maximize community benefit.
According to him, Dayu is going ahead to implement this section because the company is law abiding and is ready to support any good initiative put forward by the government. This move, he said, will spur-up other mining companies to emulate the good example of Dayu mining company.
He said plans are underway for the Committee to open a bank account to deposit all monies meant to facilitate development in the Chiefdom.
Chief Unisa Bangura of Makelfa Section thanked Dayu’s General Manager for adding value to their Chiefdom.
He also thanked the National Minerals Agency for providing guidance and ensuring that the interest of the community is fully protected.