SOCFIN SALUTED FOR PROMPT PAYMENT OF LAND LEASE

SOCFIN SALUTED FOR PROMPT PAYMENT OF LAND LEASE

By: Easmon Moiguah in Sahn Malen            

Land owners of Zone C in Malen Chiefdom and stakeholders of Pujehun District and Malen have accordingly accorded praising adjectives to the Management of Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone for the timely payments of land lease to land owning families of Zone C amounting to 351, 156,800 Leone’s as per the lease agreement between the lessee and the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone for the period 5th September 2020 to the 4 September 2021. The area of Zone C is 13,907. 17 acres × 2.50 USD / acre =USD 34,768 amounting to 351,156,800 Leones at the Commercial bank exchange rate obtainable , paid in the presence of witnesses, journalists ,CSOs and Government representatives in Sahn Malen on 4th September 2020.  .Speaking at the special  ceremony held and on behalf of Hon PCBVS Kebbie ,Chiefdom  Speaker SR Moiguah catalogued the good work of Socfin : the constructions of roads within the Chiefdom and repairs of highways to and from the Chiefdom, cultivation of boli-lands and IVS for Upper and Lower Malen for five years ongoing , provisions of water wells and toilets facilities for various communities, constructions of Primary schools in Mallay, BenduSijo, Kotumahun communities and now at Kpangba Malen ,alongside payments of Malen Junior Secondary School teachers not on payroll, ongoing construction of Senior Secondary School in Sahn town about to be completed, Provisions of scholarship for Successful BECE candidates for four years going, providing books and other school materials, assistance to health facilities including providing of water and light facilities, construction of additional building for Sahn health center, employments for thousands, mostly youths drew from nationwide, provisions of CSR, payments of local taxes for able taxpayers amongst many others.  Speaking further the Chiefdom Speaker encouraged the government of HE President Bio to continue to provide the enabling environment to the Management of Socfin which the Chief stated has changed the development narrative of Pujehun District as a whole. Delivery their respective statements, the District Officer, Charles M Kailie, the CA Pujehun District Council Sahr E Yambasu, the District Agricultural Officer Eddie L Bawoh all commended Socfin for leaving up to its CSR and therefore encouraged the land owning families to continue to work with Socfin which they stated is poised to deliver as per it’s impressive handwork which is seen nationwide. They also encouraged the people of Malen to judiciously make use of the land lease which is paid annually. For their parts the CO 14 Infantry Battalion, Pujehun, Lt Col. Julius U Sankoh, ONS boss and, the Police boss, warned the  people of Malen against been incited which they stated can only deprive them of the much needed developments. Particularly the security sector warned all against the rampant fruit theft which they noted has the tendency to derail the ongoing developments as funds got from the Oil Plantation are used for development purposes. It must be stated that Socfin has always promptly paid its annual land lease to the various Zones without any delay

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