AMR Gold’s Country Manager-Luke Rogers, has assured Sierra Leoneans of his company’s commitment to provide better jobs and livelihood support within their operational areas.
Luke, a Mining and Minerals Engineer with both production and planning experience in developing countries throughout Africa is optimistic that AMR Gold will soon start offering opportunities for many Sierra Leoneans by providing additional employment in their exploration projects in the North of the country.
(l-r) Luke Rogers-AMR Gold Country Manager and Salim Sillah-Chief Geologist
Luke says “it is difficult for many Sierra Leoneans to find employment in the mining sector at this current time, we hope that this phase of exploration will benefit the local community and contribute to reducing unemployment levels”.
With a strong emphasis on safety, environment and community relations, the new Country Manager said he will work effectively with his committed staff and management to achieve the company’s ambitious goals.
“As head of the AMR team, my remit is to develop our projects from exploration stage to operating mines that will provide a multitude of benefits to Sierra Leone and its people”, Luke said.
The company is currently finalising designs for construction of a modern coltan production facility on its license area near Kamakwie which they are hoping will be in production in the near future.
Although the company is currently focused on its coltan project, Luke says he intends to increase exploration activity on the company’s gold and diamond targets in the Loko Hills region. “Our ground is highly prospective”, says Luke. He added, “We have been pleased with the results from our initial exploration work and want to build our understanding of the geology in the area and to find economic mining opportunities for the company”.
Asked what Sierra Leoneans should expect from AMR Gold under his distinguished leadership, he said “As well as my economic goals, the company has asked me to implement international standard environmental and safety measures”. He went on to say, “We want to make sure we develop a well trained workforce and sustainable mining operations that will provide good quality jobs for Sierra Leoneans for years to come.”
As a responsible mining company “we strive to build closer relations with the government, local communities and the general public,” AMR Gold Country Manager assured.
Experience in working in the mining industry as a Mining Engineer, Luke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering and a Masters in Minerals Engineering from one of the world’s most prestigious mining schools in England, ‘The Camborne School of Mines’.
According him, AMR Gold had seen the incredible potential of Sierra Leone and its people and wants to play an active role in developing the economy, even in such difficult times. He said there can be little doubt that Ebola hit the country hard and set the economy back by years but “we believe that now is the time for Sierra Leone to utilise the amazing spirit and patriotism of its people to develop this wonderful nation which we are proud to work in.”
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