July 16, 2021
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
Seawright Mining Company, in compliance with its Corporate Social Responsibility, yesterday handed over three Toyota Land Cruisers to the National Minerals Agency (NMA).
The donation ceremony took place at the head office of the National Mineral Agency (NMA) on Thursday, 15th July, at New England Ville in Freetown.
In his address, Acting Chief Operation Officer of Seawright Mining Company, Sydney Tabahla, thanked NMA for giving them an open hand to operate in the country and noted that when they received a call from the NMA requesting that they needed a vehicle they had no option, but to help in fulfilment of their corporate social responsibility.
He thanked the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the gesture, stating that the moment they had discussion that the NMA had requested for the vehicle, the CEO didn’t think twice, but ordered that they comply with the request.
He noted that the CEO further asked them purchase three Toyota Land Cruisers for NMA.
He said in consideration of the request from NMA, they look at the critical role the institution is playing in ensuring that sanity is maintained in the mining sector.
Director General, NMA, Julius D. Mattai, receiving the donation from the Seawright Mining Company, said what the company did was on their volition, but noted that the request was done by the NMA board.
He said they as a regulatory agency have over two hundred mining companies across the country, thus noting that they work was limited by the lack of logistics, especially when it comes to monitoring the mining companies.
He added that they are mandated to ensuring that mining companies do the right thing.
He said to effectively monitor mining activities across the country, they needed vehicles to be able to access rough terrains, stating that the subvension provided by government is not enough for them to effectively undertake their activities.
He further stated that they were spending a lot in accessing mining areas and that the board decided to make some requests to mining companies.
He said Seawritght was the first to answer to their call.
He concluded that NMA will use the vehicle very well for the right purpose ensuring that they use them to monitor mining companies.