January 29, 2019
By Yusufu S. Bangura
Sierra Leone Institution of Geoscientists (SLIG) last Friday held their monthly general meeting at the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources conference room,Youyi Building in Freetown on the topic “Unlocking the potentials of the mineral sector for sustainable transformational development.”
Speaking during the presentation, Dr. Solomon Tucker, who lectures at the SLIG department, Fourah Bay College, said the essence of the meeting was to bring geoscientists together and teach them about how to unlock potentials of the mineral sector for sustainable transformational development.
Tucker encouraged students to take their work seriously and replicate the training they have received during the presentation.
He called on them to conduct a research into the new policy that would help in their studies.
He added that they decided to invite the policy advisor from the Ministry of Mines so that they could share knowledge about the new policies with colleague geoscientists in the country.
Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, Daniel Gbondo, expressed his delight for seeing young people studying geoscientists, thus re-echoing that the focus of the conference was on the mineral sector.
He noted that geoscientists needed to know more about unlocking the potentials of the mineral sector and the new policy, which, he said has recently been transformed as a result of the change in government.
He said the policy dictates happenings in the sector and regulates it, thus urging students not to be bystanders, but to go out in search of the policy.
He said there was a transition in the spirit of entrepreneurship from the traditional drivers of the mineral sectors, where Sierra Leonean entrepreneurship was not good.
He cited legal and regulatory reforms that were not guided by comprehensive policies, implementation bottlenecks, poor inter MDA coordination, inadequate professional capacity and smuggling on the rise as some of the challenges facing the sector.
He said the discovery of the sustainable transformational development was important for the mining sector in Sierra Leone because it would place the country on the world map.
Final year student at Geosciences Department FBC, Tigidanke Fofanah, said the presentation was an eye opener because they learnt more about unlocking the potentials of the mineral sector for sustainable transformational development.
She thanked the institution for a ‘wonderful’ presentation and promised that they would do more to improve on the quality of the new policies.