Dr. Foday Moriba Jaward, Executive Chairman of the Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) conducted a familiarization tour to companies with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licenses

Video of Dr. Foday Moriba Jaward, Executive Chairman of the Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) conducted a familiarization tour at the South-Eastern to companies with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licenses

Video of Dr. Foday Moriba Jaward, Executive Chairman of the Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) conducted a familiarization tour at the North-Eastern to companies with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licenses

Introduction

The Executive Chairman (E.C.) of the Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL), Prof. Foday M. Jaward conducted a familiarization tour to both agricultural and mining companies with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licenses across the South, East and Northern regions of Sierra Leone. The E.C. purposely conducted the tour to be acquainted with senior managements and the operational status of companies with specific reference to the protection and management of the environment within the purview of their operations.

The Executive Chairman was accompanied by Director, senior staff of the Agency and SLBC journalists. During the tour, Dr. Jaward had separate meetings with heads of companies and encouraged them to comply with the terms and conditions of their EIA Licences for the effective protection and sustainable management of the environment within their facilities and operational areas. He stated that, under the New Direction, His Excellency the President, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio reiterated that they should create an enabling environment for investors and not to push them away but it did not mean that proponents should not comply with the terms and conditions of their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) licenses they acquired.

Moreover, Prof. Jaward also extended his visitation to some agricultural women’s groups in Mano Dasse, Moyamba and in Jojoima, Kailahun districts. He commended them for banning charcoal production and their engagement in climate smart agriculture, particularly in Mano Dasse, Moyamba.  This he said was environmentally friendly and therefore encouraged them to apply for the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) fund. He further stated that such activities should be replicated to other farming communities in the country.

Finally, the Executive Chairman further engaged the Chairman of the Bombali District Council, Mr. John Shangai Koroma, the AIG, J.A. Gbonoh and other district authorities calling for collaboration with the Agency in the area of protection and sustainable management of the environment.

Annex photos of the tour

 The Executive Chairman (E.C.) visited one of the tailing sites of Vemetco mining company in Moyamba District

 

   The E.C. met with officials of Sierra Rutile Limited/Illuka

The E.C. inspecting and assessing the lab of Sofin Agricultural Company in Pujehun district whether it is at international standard 

 

Geologists of Sierra Diamond Limited at Togo Field, Kenema district explaining to the EPA-SL Executive Chairman their operational areas

 The E.C. visited the plant site and other operational facilities of SL Mining at Lunsar, Karena district

Gold tree Agriculture plant manager explaining to the EPA-SL team the process involve in producing the oil palm at Jawe chiefdom in the Kailahun district

The E.C. visited a bridge constructed by Sea Wright Diamond Mining Company at Nyimiyama Chiefdom, Kono district. This is a showcase of the company’s commitment to community development.

The E.C. held a brief meeting with officials of Shan Steel Limited at Tonkolili district