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Over 1000 scholarships for African Minerals in Sierra Leone

The African Minerals Company Limited has announced the provision of scholarships for school going children to the tune of Le368Million (Three Hundred and Sixty Eight Million Leones) in their operational areas. The announcement was made two days back by the Company’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Mustapha Kamara at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Education. According to Mr. Kamara the 2010/2011 scholarship package will benefit some 1, 912 (One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twelve) pupils in primary schools, secondary and students in bordering homes. The beneficiaries, he said are mainly those in Port Loko, Tonkolili and the Bombali Districts.

Addressing the meeting, which was attended by Members of Parliament (MP’s) that are representing their constituencies, the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Abdul Ignosi Koroma, described the scholarship package as part of government’s Agenda for Change. Education, Mr. Abdul Ignosi Koroma emphasized is one of the main priorities of President Koroma and commended African Minerals for being a partner to the development agenda of President Koroma. “We have received a lot of support in the educational sector from African Minerals, which we are very proud of” He remarked and added that “They are very much concern about the Company’s Corporate and Social Responsibility that cuts across their operational area,” He informed his audience that AML has come to Sierra Leone to help in poverty reduction and went further to encourage the Company to consider extending such gesture to Tertiary Education Students. The Deputy Mines Minister concluded by urging Members of Parliament to ensure that the scholarships are distributed to deserving pupils of their Constituencies.

The Minister of Education Dr. Minkailu Bah, who was in a state of happiness said that the increase in the scholarship package from 800 to 1, 912 is a clear indication that the Company is committed to its Corporate and Social Responsibility and assured the African Minerals team that his ministry will always partner with the company in developing the education sector of the country.

 The African Minerals Company Human Resource and General Manager, Barry Honnah described the provision scholarships as an issue beyond human relation, which is gear towards helping the education of future generation.

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