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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Lawmakers not happy with G. Shankerdas& Sons

By Samuel J.Kargbo

The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Lands and Environment last Friday said Shankerdas brewing company were in violation of the laws of Sierra Leone, pursuant to section 93 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act.

Committee Chairman, Hon. Jusufu B. Mansaray said they were not oblivious to the meaningful contribution of the company to society, but the interest of the public and the environment was paramount.

He noted that the Indian-owned company should be ashamed and embarrassed of violating the guiding principles of their operations, especially those which have to deal with environmental hazards, having operated in the country for seventy-three years.

Hon. Umar Paran Tarawally read relevant sections of the 1991 Constitution which the company was in breach of, and suggested that officials of Skankerdas be stood down.

According to Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Syl Kamara, Shankerdas was in total violation of EPA laws established in 2004 and amended in 2008.

Hon. Hassan Abdul Sesay highlighted some of the negative impacts companies are inflicting in communities they operate. He urged Parliament to be vigilant in executing its oversight functions so that companies will take them seriously, and to avert looming environmental danger.

Engineer B. Bhusharm in response said the company has been working on the document provided by EPA since the environmental laws and guidelines for industries and companies were ratified. He said they were in compliance with the laws of the country have respect for the laws of the state.

Meanwhile, the Committee decided to stand down the company to set an example to others as to how they relate with Parliament.

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