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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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New Timber factory for Waterloo

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Representatives from the Government of Sierra Leone, the private sector, inhabitants of Waterloo community and other well-wishers will today witness the opening of a new factory at York Road, Waterloo, in the Western Area Rural District.

According to Managing Director of Timber Harvesters, Processors and Exporters (SL) Limited, Alie Suma, the new factory will manufacture plywood, mosquito coil and wooden coal.

He told Concord Times that under his leadership, the factory will contribute immensely to the development of the country by creating jobs for Sierra Leoneans in a bid to accelerate the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’.

He noted that over the years, he has been working towards promoting youth employment in his Timber Processing Factory at Manor Corner, Waterloo.

“I have employed 450 Sierra Leoneans as my staff with 50% of them coming from the street. I have also employed a total of five hundred youths for my new factory and I intend to extend it to eight hundred,” he stated.

He registered his trust in the government because according to him, they know how and when to do things that will enhance national development.

“I am the first Sierra Leonean to embrace the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ in the timber industry. I trust that the government will give me the opportunity to operate my business in a secured manner,” he said.

Apart from his Timber Processing factory at Manor Corner and the new one that will be opened today, Suma is currently putting up another factory in fulfillment of government policy of adding value to timber before it is exported out of the country.

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