By Melvin Tejan-Mansaray
The General Manager of the Bollore Freetown Terminal has highlighted their relationship with the communities in which they operate.
Bertrand Kerguelen General Manager (GM) Freetown Terminal Ltd Sierra Leone (Bollore Port) said although there is still a lot of work to do, citizens must maintain the progress that is being made generally.
“We have engaged the two main communities; the Seaside and Moa Wharf communities. We have been engaged in development activities. For Seaside, we have invested on a big water tank for them to be able to fetch fresh water.
We are having a scholarship project for children of the communities.
We have built a small house for fishermen to be able to store their nets and we are working together as a team and as close neighbors,” Bertrand noted.
The GM was speaking exclusively to this press recently. He added that Bollore is a transparent company with shareholders and noted that their books are ‘wide open to the Sierra Leone Government.’
Bertrand added that after a review on their books no adverse remarks were made stressing that when it comes to Local Content Policy they are highly rated (eighty seven percent) but said they are still working on improving their ratings.
Speaking on their relationship with the Government of Sierra Leone which holds twenty percent shares in the agreement, the GM said: “Every country has its own frameworks and if you decide to invest in any country you have to abide by the rules, sometimes it easy while in other times it is difficult.”
Substantiating the reason why Bollore believes in partnering with the communities in which they operate, the GM said that “we are working with communities for two reasons – some of our workforce belong to these communities.
They are our neighbors and it always good to have a good than bad relationship with your neighbor.”