China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG), together with West African Operations and Management Company (WAOMC), have donated food items to nearby communities like Hastings, Rogbamgba, Yams Farm and others at a ceremony held at the Sunday Foundation Secondary School over the weekend in Freetown. (Photo: Hon. John Sati Kargbo of Constituency 111, receiving the donation from the Deputy General Manager of WAOMC, Mr. KAN Yadong)
This is the second year that the company is donating to surrounding communities, as it was done during the Holy Month of Ramadan last year.
The donation is one of the important measures of CRSG and WAOMC to carry out corporate social responsibilities and public services.
“As two foreign companies, we know deeply the close relationship between good corporate performance and social services, so we cherish very much the friendly relationship with neighboring establishments and residents,” says the Deputy General Manager of WAOMC, Mr. KAN Yadong, adding that it is done in line with principles of “help and benefit each other and give back to the society”. “We hold this donation ceremony in order to try our best to help the residents around. And we hope to continue with this activity in the future. Although the donation is small, it means a lot in the China-Sierra Leone friendship,” he said.
CRSG has always focused on the infrastructural construction of Sierra Leone and completed many high-quality construction projects since the entry of the Sierra Leone market in 2008, which is welcomed and identified by the Sierra Leone Government and people. The newly commissioned Second Juba Bridge is one of CRSG’s projects that have become the symbol of China-Sierra Leone friendship.
The Wellington-Masiaka highway is an important cooperation project between the Sierra Leone Government and CRSG. It is the first toll road in Sierra Leone’s history that increases lots of jobs, greatly solve the traffic congestion and improve the road safety, it is more important to drive around the surrounding and see the comprehensive development of the economy. “You can see more and more residents and businesses and even companies and factories choose to locate the highway. We believe after completion of the Wellington-Masiaka highway, surrounding areas there will be a big change,” KAN said.
WAOMC, the company that authorized by the Government of Sierra Leone to operate and manage the Wellington-Masiaka Highway, is highly valued by the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, many departments of Sierra Leone Government and the local people. In order to better manage the first tolling highway throughout the history of Sierra Leone, mature and advanced tolling operation systems and management models are introduced to the company and accommodated to the conditions of Sierra Leone. Since officially launched on August 18th, 2017, the company has steadily, continuously and regularly operated over one year and nine months. The company’s mission is to provide good-quality service, and its aim is to promote the local staff’s management level and professional skills. Significantly, the company has created employment opportunities for new types, trained a group of excellent Sierra Leonean Managers, and promoted the surrounding economic development. Tall and wide toll stations also become beautiful scenery.
The Member of Parliament for Constituency 111, Hon. John Sati Kargbo thanked the Chinese for the overwhelming support received over the year. He implored them to continue with the good works and added that the items donated will directly benefit the people for which they are made.
Other speakers include a Community Stakeholders Mr. Umar Bah, Constituency Chairman Mr. Morlai Kamara, and Councilor for Ward 391 Edward Kargbo; commended the Chinese for the denotation to communities, which they described as a boost in the Holy Month of Ramada. The event was moderated by Mohamed Pope Kamara.
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