The Sierra Leone Flour Mill Limited which replaces Sea Board West Africa on Friday 31st March 2017, through a consultant Dr. Ralph Bona has successfully ended their findings on the environmental and Social impact assessment with residents of Cline Town community and other key stakeholders in the country.
Representative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanked consultant Dr. Ralph Bona for inviting their institution in the public consultation and disclosure and he expressed his profound apology for the absent of their chairperson in the program. He went on that one of the mandates of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) involves in the protection of the Sierra Leone environment. He added that to look at the positive and negative impact of companies operating at different locations in the country. He went on that the Sierra Leone Flour Mill operations falls within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operations and the public disclosure is very important as it will send message to investors and discourage wastages and damages to society. He continued that the forum is also important for community members as they would be enlightened about the operations of Flour Mill. He added that after the Public Consultation and disclosure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on the outcome of the consultation with the public they will have to decide whether or not to give license to the Sierra Leone Flour Mill or not. He ended that if the Sierra Leone Flour Mill passed the test of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) they will give license to the Sierra Leone Flour Mill to start operations.
Speaking at the ceremony Councilor Ayo Bangura of ward 367 in constituency 103 in the Cline Town community said that the Sierra Leone Flour Mill is one of the companies operating at Cline Town environs that have contributed immensely for the poor and the less privilege. She added that the Sierra Leone Flour Mill have been living up to expectations by meeting their Corporate Social Responsibility. She went on that as residents of the Cline Town community they are faced with numerous challenges such as road accidents, toxic materials are released in the air that have the potential to claim lives and unemployment.
Councilor Ayo Bangura therefore urged the Sierra Leone Flour Mill Company to desist from any act that has the propensity to hurt or deprived the indigenes of Cline Town.
Representative from the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau Mohamed J. Kamara said the main priority of their institution is to protect consumers from harmful and defective products in the country. He added that from the recent inspections they conducted at the Sierra Leone Flour Mill Company have proven that the products from the Sierra Leone Flour Mill company is good for their customers as they discovered that they are neither harmful not defective for consumers.
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