WEAJUE, Grand Cape Mount – Residents of Weajue, a Bea Mountain host community in Gola Konneh District, Grand Cape Mount County, has lauded Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC) for fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities.
In an interview with journalists in the town last week, Singbeh Cole, General Town Chief of Managorduah Zone, said that funds from the company’s corporate social responsibility have enabled the community to build a modern clinic to address healthcare needs and a school for the children.
Chief Cole acknowledged BMMC’s significant contributions to various development projects in its host communities in Grand Cape Mount County. He highlighted the construction of a health facility in Varguaye and the renovation of the public school in Weajue as examples of projects funded by BMMC.
However, Chief Cole also appealed to the company to assist in rehabilitating the Managorduah Road, which is of great importance to the community.
Eric Fayiah, the Town Chief of Weajue, emphasized the employment opportunities provided by BMMC, enabling many residents to join the company’s workforce. He praised the company’s contributions to the Clan Development Fund, which annually provides US$150,000 to the clan for development purposes.
Fayiah mentioned that the first sum received from Bea Mountain through the Clan Development Fund was allocated to a clinic and other local projects. He also noted that the town’s public school is functioning, with BMMC providing stipends to some teachers.
Fayiah appealed to Bea Mountain to expand its support for volunteer teachers by including more on its stipend list. He commended BMMC for providing building materials for their Guest House project, which is currently under construction and set to progress further after the rainy season.
Hawa Thomas, the head of the women’s group in Weajue, expressed gratitude to Bea Mountain Mining Company for its immense contributions to Grand Cape Mount County. She appealed to the company’s senior management to provide women in the town with loans to engage in various businesses. Madam Thomas emphasized that the town has relatively few residents working with the company, and providing loans could significantly improve women’s economic conditions.
She also highlighted the need for greater inclusion of women in government and social corporate institutions to address the needs of women in terms of work and education.
Also speaking, Jimmy Kamara, the Dean Elder of Jikandor Town and a beneficiary of BMMC’s Elder Support Program, praised BMMC’s financial contributions to the County Social Development Fund, Clan Development Fund for three Clans in Gola Konneh District (Mana, Darblo, and Laar), and the Elder Support Program. He suggested that local authorities should ensure that these funds benefit a larger portion of the citizenry.