SOCFIN Has Transformed Malen Chiefdom

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October 24, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai

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SOCFIN General Manager Philip Tonks: happy with his company’s contribution to the transformation of Malen Chiefdom

The Liaison Manager of SOCFIN Agricultural Company, Joseph Belmoh, has told Concord Times that a lot of transformation has taken place since they started operations in Malen chiefdom, Pujehun district, southern Sierra Leone.

The SOCFIN Liaison Manager, who was speaking to Concord Times in an exclusive interview recently in his Sahn Malen office, said since they started operations about five years ago, they have employed four thousand (4,000) Sierra Leoneans while paying taxes to the government of Sierra Leone.

“There is access to every village in Malen chiefdom. SOCFIN has all the machineries to repair the roads in the chiefdom. There are water wells in almost all the 63 villages in Malen chiefdom,” he said.

Mr. Belmoh said in the area of agriculture, his company, in 2016, ploughed six hundred (600) acres of wetlands, bought enough seeds and did a seed harrowing for the people in the chiefdom.

 He added that SOCFIN paid over one hundred million Leones to labourers, who ploughed the swamps while they provided eight hundred (800) bushels of seed rice for farmers to cultivate.

 “In the last five years of our operation, we have been able to provide 24-hours electricity supply to the hospital in Sahn Malen. We have also provided an ambulance that will be carrying sick people who are on referrals,” he revealed.

In the area of education, he said they have been giving out scholarships; providing  food and non-food items to pupils taking the National Primary School Examinations (NPSE), and rehabilitating schools as well as paying salaries to teachers that are not on government voucher.

He said because the company has occupied all the arable lands which residents would have utilized for agricultural purposes, SOCFIN was currently selling palm oil to residents of the chiefdom at a reduced cost.

In order to enhance people’s economic activities, he said SOCFIN was providing microfinance to people in thirty-five (35) villages, adding that they have recently distributed palm kernels free of charge to residents of the chiefdom.

Mr. Belmoh said the road leading to Sahn Malen is always graded so as to enable easy access of goods and passengers, adding that they have constructed quarters in the chiefdom that would not be carried away if the agreement of the company ends.

General Manager of SOCFIN, Philip Tonks, said his company has recently contracted people in the chiefdom to embark on harvesting of palm fruits and brushing of the plantation, noting that it was a deliberate attempt to empower them because the company has been accused of employing people outside Malen chiefdom.