January 27, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The leading producer of cement in Sierra Leone, LEOCEM, has commissioned a toilet facility funded by the company for people in the Cline Town community in the east of the city.
Implemented by the Cline Town Community Development Management Committee and constructed by locals of the community, the project was part of the LEOCEM’s corporate social responsibility of giving back to the people.
The facility will be used by people living in the community as well as those who usually visit the company on a daily basis to transact business.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the company’s Managing Director, Arne Johansen, expressed their delight and commitment to continue giving back to the community where they have their operations.
He said residents of the community have been so supportive of the company to the point that they help in securing the company’s properties and providing the enabling environment for them to carry out their operations without any hindrance.
He said that in addition to the toilet facility, they have also provided potable water to some parts of the community, provided hundreds of scholarships to school-going pupils and furniture for schools in the community, among others.
“We are addressing the needs of the people in this community because of their pleasant relationship with us,” said Mr. Johansen. “Let me assure you that we will continue to do more.”
Also speaking, Member of Parliament representing Constituency 103 (which hosts LEOCEM), Hon. Rosaline Jariatu K. Smith, thanked the company for their unflinching support and for providing the felt needs of the community.
She stated that the projects earlier mentioned by the company’s Managing Director were funded through the US$75,000 the company had pledged in its Environmental Impact Assessment report.
“These projects are being implemented by the community people themselves using the community development fund,” said Hon. Smith. “Let me say that this facility has put smiles on the faces of residents and those that are doing business with the company.”
On his part, Board Member of LEOCEM and Financial Director of Heidelberg Cement Africa, Gary Whitehead, voiced their commitment to continue investing in LEOCEM because “they have lived up to standard”.
“We are very much impressed with the good job being done here,” he noted.