By Samuel Ben Tuary
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Saturday (21 June) received the Environmental Social Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) report of a company called KADCO-SL Ltd during a two-day public disclosure workshop held at the Ebenezer Hall in the Murray Town community.
Speaking during the presentation, an independent consultant who helped prepare the report, Abubakarr Mansaray, said the aim of the workshop was to present the report on the operations of KADCO to various professionals and community people to discuss pertinent to the company’s operation in the community.
Mansaray, who also is a member of the Njala University Environmental Professionals, said KADCO is a company that produces both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that is based at Murray Town.
Some of the issues raised in the report are the ingredients the company uses to produce its products, staff employment, procurement process, location of the factory, national and cultural laws, the safety of staff, the quality of their products, and plan of action developed for the company’s long-term growth and development.
According to Mr. Mansaray, because the factory operates within the community, residents could directly or indirectly be affected by the impact of its operations.
In his statement, Head of Chemicals at the EPA, Alie D. Jalloh, said the institution’s primary concern was the environment and its impact on the people. He admonished residents to inform the agency about any information about the factory, and promised that the ESHIA report would be a public document to ensure transparency between company and the community.
General Manager of KADCO, Emile V. Morgan, said the company would endeavour to operate in an environmentally friendly space to benefit both the company and the community.
He pledged to continue their social corporate responsibility in the community.
“We have done a lot in this community including awarding scholarships to pupils in different schools within the area,” said Morgan.
Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Ansumana Sillah, said the ministry would be monitoring any potential health risk the consumption of KADCO’s products could pose to people.
A community leader, Bakarr Nahim, urged the factory’s owners to employ more workers from the community.
Other speakers included Christian Lahai from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and one Mohamed Dumbuya.