March 23, 2015 By Alusine Sesay
The Sierra Leone Bottling Company (SLBC) last Friday (20 March) launched their Cultural Leadership Campaign that is geared towards bringing happiness to communities in Serra Leone that have been hard hit by the dreaded Ebola virus disease.
Speaking during the event at the Miatta conference hall in Freetown, SLBC Country Manager, Israel Okujaku, said they started operation in Sierra Leone in 1920 and that they are one of the most successful and reliable partners in development.
He said they had experienced successes and challenges, citing the Ebola outbreak among their recent challenges, adding that part of the lessons learnt from the Ebola outbreak are that Sierra Leone would always emerge stronger from difficulties.
He recounted the support given by the company to fight the disease, noting that they are always optimistic and that they intend traversing the length and breadth of the country to bring smile to communities hard hit by the Ebola.
Hon. Amadu Fofanah, representing Constituency 109 in the Western Area, said he was proud of the company for the work they have been doing and hoped they would do more in the future.
He acknowledged that the company had done a lot of development in his constituency, not least during the fight against Ebola, and that they have proven to be serious investors and true friends of the country.
The MP reminded his audience that the fight against Ebola is still on and called on the company to do more, thus promising absolute protection of the company and its property in his constituency.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Ms. Madinatu Rahman, noted that SLBC has been with the government since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, and recounted the assistance provided by the company in the fight against the disease.
She commended the company for retaining their staff despite grappling with challenges posed by the outbreak.
Acting Minister of Trade and Industry, Mabinty Daramy, said the company is making history with their initiative to bring happiness to hard hit Ebola communities, stating that the disease broke out when the country was making some economic gains.
She said despite the difficulties, SLBC continues to strive and manufacture its brand products, as well as contributing to the fight against Ebola, while still retaining their staff on full salary.
She acknowledged the company’s contribution in the fight against Ebola, noting that such is the kind of investment the country is looking forward to.
Madam Daramy disclosed that the campaign by the company is geared towards developing water and sanitation in Ebola affected communities, and empowering women in the country.
She expressed thanks to the company and formally launched the Cultural Leadership Campaign.