AMR Gold’s subsidiary company, Wilkinson Hill Mining Company (WHMC) has made a payment of Twenty Thousand United States Dollars ($20,000), to the people of Sella Limba Chiefdom in Bombali District to boost up sustainable community development.
The payment was made on Thursday, 1st December 2016 at the Kathanta Primary School hall, in tandem with the company’s commitment to support the local communities through its cooperate social responsibility programs. The company had signed a Community Development Agreement, with landowning families and chiefdom stakeholders to allocate $10,000 for various development projects and $10,000 for Educational support projects.
To further allow equitable management and total ownership of the funds by the communities, AMR Gold encouraged the landowners to open a bank account at the local Community Bank in Kamakwie where the funds have been deposited. This initiative has been described by the Chiefdom stakeholders as “bringing development directly to their door steps.”
“On behalf of the investors, we are very pleased to make this payment to this community. It is hoped that the money will be used to transform the community and alleviate some of the social challenges,” AMR Gold Country Manager, Luke Rogers said.
As the company looks ahead, plans are currently underway to develop several small scale mining licences to create more employment opportunities.
The Chief of Kadingbilin village, Kabba Bangura said: “the Government through the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources were correct to encourage AMR Gold Directors to come and invest in Sierra Leone. This is the result of genuine investment in our country.”
The WHMC was granted a Small Scale Mining License(SML 03/2015), by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Hon. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, to develop a small scale mine designed to produce tantalum minerals for an initial period of three (3) years pursuant to Sections 95-96 of the Mines and Minerals Act of 2009.
The story was also covered by local press.