- Deputy Local Government Minister
By Ibrahim Tarawallie from Makeni
Deputy Minister of Local Government, Hadiru Kalokoh gives NP high scores as MD Cole and Board Chair Mike Carroll clap in joy
Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development last Saturday said that the outstanding success of NP (SL) Limited over the years is worth emulating, thus encouraging indigenous businesses to replicate their glorious achievements.
Delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the company’s biggest outlets in Makeni, Hadiru Kalokoh commended NP for their robust expansion across the country, adding that its presence in Liberia is a feat everyone Sierra Leon should be proud of.
“We appreciate the outstanding achievement of NP over the years. The company is 100% owned and managed by Sierra Leoneans. The business has flourished in the country to the extent that they now have presence abroad,” he said.
He opined that by President Ernest Bai Koroma’s estimation, the company is the most progressive indigenous business enterprise in the country.
While urging the people of Makeni and the staff of the new station to ensure sustainability and maintenance of the newly constructed edifice, Minister Kalokoh implored the company to continue providing excellent and affordable service to customers.
“This new NP outlet, which I am sure is the biggest in the country, has actually changed the landscape of the township completely and it has added to its beautification,” he said. “Let me at this point caution the dealer, staff and the people to ensure the maintenance and management of this structure.”
In his statement, Managing Director Mohamed Babatunde Cole revealed that within three weeks the company has unveiled three new outlets in Kono and Kambia and Makeni.
He emphasized that the company is 100% owned and managed by Sierra Leoneans and noted that the people of Makeni have contributed immensely towards the success of the company over the years.
“We are ready to serve the commercial people and institutions, especially in Makeni. Let me assure you that there will be no more shortage of fuel as from today. When we rebrand the company, this station should have been the first to have been built but we were having problem with the owners of the land,” he stated.
He paid tribute to Paramount Chief Bai Seibora Kasanga II of Bombali Seibora Chiefdom and Vincent Kanu for their relentless effort in ensuring that they secure the land, adding, “It is not news anymore that NP is now an international company. The company is 100% owned and managed by Sierra Leoneans and we are determined to see that we become a multinational company.”
Chairman Board of Directors, Mike Carroll, also added that Makeni is very close to the heart of the company, while commending the people for their unflinching support over the years.