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‘I will help build resource management for Sierra Leone’

- NGC running mate assures

January 15, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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Andrew Keili says he will engineer a sound resource management regime

Running mate and Vice Presidential Candidate of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) has pledged to help build resource management mechanism for Sierra Leone as the country is currently grappling with ‘resource curse’ in the management of natural resources.

Engineer Andrew Karmoh Keili was speaking during an exclusive interview with Concord Times at the party’s headquarters on Wilkinson Road in Freetown.

He was appointed in December last year by Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, with the blessings of senior party officials, to serve as his running mate in the March 7 presidential election.

“Although we have been earning a lot of money from our mineral resources as a country since the 1930s, we have very little to show for it. I have a lot I will bring to the table because I have been in the extractive sector for most of my life,” said the mining engineer.

He assured that whatever revenue the country would earn from its natural resources would be plowed back into the economy for its revitalisation.

Mining and exploration companies have allegedly had field in the past years, giving little or nothing to the government and communities where they operate, according to competent sources in the extractive sector.

However, Engineer Keili vowed to ensure that the country gets a fair deal with mining and exploration companies and inhabitants in mining communities are being treated well.

As to whether he was expecting to be named running mate of the NGC, Keili said: “The choice is entirely the prerogative of the presidential candidate. Although I was not surprised when I was chosen, but I would not have been surprised at all if anybody else had been appointed.”

He assured of buying into the vision of Dr. Yumkella for a united and prosperous Sierra Leone – one that would bring a paradigm shift in the way things are happening in the country now.

He said he would also work very closely with the NGC standard bearer in order to cover areas within his normal geographical base – the south-east – to win the election.

Also, with regards his fitness for the position, giving the fact that he is above 60 years, the former SLPP strongman stated confidently that he was active and healthy and that he would be able to carry out his duties as Vice President of Sierra Leone.

“I am a very fit person and mentally alert. There is nothing wrong with me because I have been going around this country campaigning,” he assured.

Andrew Keili is an accomplished engineering and management executive-cum-politician. He has over 37 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in private industry, public institutions and consultancy work in Sierra Leone.

His considerable involvement in the formulation and review of miscellaneous government policies and technical feasibility has given him substantial experience in Sierra Leone’s infrastructure and extractive sectors.

He is currently an Executive Director of CEMMATS, the largest multidisciplinary engineering company in Sierra Leone.

Engineer Keili attended Christ the King College (CKC) and studied Mining Engineering at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He is also a lay preacher, himself a son of a respected deceased Anglican bishop. He is married with children.

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