The Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure Mr. Edward Silma has disclosed that a fine of Twenty-Five Million Leones (Le25m) will be levied against Sierra Leonean Quarry Operators and Ten Thousand United State Dollars ($10,000) against foreign Quarry Operators who failed to register their Quarry.
He made these remarks when addressing a cross-section of Quarry Operators at the Ministry’s Conference Room, New England, Freetown during consultative meetings held on 23rd September and 9th October 2014.
Mr. Silma said that Government had given a long concession to Quarry Operators in the country and strictly advised those who have not registered to do so within the shortest possible time as enforcement measures will be instituted and implemented. He also mentioned that registered existing Quarry Operators should renew their licenses annually.
The Acting Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure Mr. Abdul B Barrie who chaired the meeting encouraged Quarry Operators to stringently abide by the laid down Quarry Rules and Regulations in their operations as this will help government to generate revenue.
He mentioned that the Ministry will soon appoint Quarry Inspectors that will operate nationwide for the constant monitoring of Quarry Sites.
The Professional Head Mr. Edward P Ganda reiterated that the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure is the sole institution responsible for the issuance of Quarry Operations License in the country whilst the Sierra Leone Roads Authority is responsible for identifying quarry sites.
Responding, one of the Quarry Operators present Yohai Naday of Ayiko Sierra Leone Limited said they are always willing and ready to abide by the stipulated Rules and Regulations governing Quarry Operations. He said they will endeavor to renew their licenses on time. Mr. James Kamara from Salcost appealed to the SLRA to educate operators on Quarry Operations.
The Permanent Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Chief Civil Engineer of the Ministry were also present in the meeting.
Other Quarry Operators present were China Railway Seventh Group, HDF and Co, CSE, Malick International and Beton-Villa-Fimet.