Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Women Commend SIVA Group

After commissioning a market that was constructed at the Gallinas Perri Chiefdom in Pujehun District with funds provided by SIVA Group/Bio Palm Star Oil Sierra Leone last Thursday, several women in the chiefdom commended SIVA Group for the gesture.

The women's chairlady, Musu Kamara, said the chiefdom had no market before the new one was commissioned and the women had to sell in the open. She said the construction of the market in the chiefdom is a big boost to the community and the women.

The District Officer of Pujehun, Mohamed Kemoh Mansaray, associated himself with the development project in the chiefdom. He said the same fund was provided to the Kpaka Chiefdom but they decided to rehabilitate the court barray and water well. He thanked Bio Palm for their invention which he said was in line with President Ernest Koroma's Agenda for Change. He said he would ensure that what the SIVA Group has done reaches President Koroma through the Paramount Chief because it is not only for the chiefdom but also for the development of the country. He promised to ensure that the people give more of their support to the company.

The Paramount Chief of Gallinas Perri, Alhaji I.B. Kamara Koroma said funds were provided for the legacy project but upon consultation they decided to use it for the construction of a market. He thanked SIVA Group for the funds which he said have transformed his chiefdom.

He said they were unable to build tables and toilet for the market because of the rising costs of building materials. Upon his appeal, Le1 million was provided by the company for the construction of tables in the market.

The Country Manager of SIVA Group, Vinad Sharma, said they have three companies in Sierra Leone, adding that they have done land demarcation, completed the environmental impact assessment report and very soon they would have license to start operation in Pujehun.

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