Just when governance changes hands, and Bio’s new direction steps-up, country’s media landscape, no doubt, was under the spotlight of ‘scorn defamation’ unfortunately but timelessly vilifying private businessmen who are far-off politics, just like that.
But Jamel Shallop, one of Sierra Leone’s successful businessmen says “I give a hoot to small thinkers but focus on things developmentally meaningful.”
He claims he has been named by fewer media outlets as being a politician, which to him makes a not as good as an inside-the-box media assumption, if not otherwise what British novelist referred to as “media is a word that has come to mean bad journalism.”
The current disrespect, not simply restricted to the media but Sierra Leoneans generally is ‘of no mean repute,’ in my late Christopher Coker’s tongue, becoming a mess of our nation Sierra Leone, a country which topographic measurement in West Africa is but as “minute” as a “minuscule.”
“It was weeks now, that handful of individuals jealously have engaged in tarnishing the good name of my person (Jamel Shallop), trying to knock down my victorious business reputation, one that has earned me standings, which also has seen me, over the years, proudly employing over two hundred Sierra Leonean citizens, some of whom are now owners of houses, other assets relatively,” Shallop said.
“I stand self-important in saying to the easy-to-fool Sierra Leoneans that I have been, and still is, one of Sierra Leone’s greatest contributors with reference to nation building.”
“I have investments worth millions of dollars including a US$ 20 million industrial investment now under construction at Ferry Junction, east of Freetown, which, in the near future, will see Sierra Leone producing and exporting cooking oil, soap and related goods as well as employing over 300 people nationwide.”
The project, he said, is an industrial factory that will be housing a packaging facilities, tank farm, refinery processing plants, soap making industry, kernel production unit, etc.
That upon completion, it will, by design, automatically make Sierra Leone a destination for the production of pure cooking oil with 100% nature made (organic), a superior class-like soap, margarine and other items produced out of palm kernel and kernel nuts.
The industry will heighten agriculture, enhance Sierra Leone’s aged and inexcusable unpardonable foreign exchange, offer benefits in the areas of direct employments, and accordingly also help improve a steady living condition for Sierra Leoneans generally.
It is estimated that same will augment indirect employment benefits for hundreds of people in the areas of transportation of raw materials the likes of palm kernels from the provinces to the industrial factory in Freetown for the eventual production of same into consumables for local use as well as exportation to overseas countries.
Shallop says his motivation in sourcing out millions of dollars from entrepreneurs outside Sierra Leone was based on the fact that he needs to support government in their moves trying to stabilize country’s economy for the good of all.
He claimed the multimillion dollar industry will be employing over three hundred Sierra Leoneans, complement government’s agricultural moves in the improvement of a sustained growth and the alleviation of poverty in the nation of Sierra Leone.
That he is unavoidably an esteemed entrepreneur, owning a modern-day hotel (Country Lodge) that is lying on the Hills of Hill Station back of Sierra Leone’s presidential house, with an employment capacity of over 150 Sierra Leoneans.
That in a row, and as a successful businessman, he has served successive governments including those of late ex-President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, ex-President Ernest Bai Koroma and will now be serving the current government of President Bio in areas explaining business, just like that.
A Sierra Leonean who introduced himself as Arthur Tucker told our New Age reporter how he has served as employee to Shallop for some years ago, but left after securing another job somewhere else.
Arthur argues, however, that he had enjoyed employer employee relationship with Shallop, describing him as ‘the best of a boss he has ever worked with.’
They say Shallop hails from Blama in Kenema, schooled there, and later traveled to Ireland where he attained his university education prior to his return to Sierra Leone, to be a part of the country’s business industry for national development.
Words as conclusively repeated by Shallop are, “a businessman who makes nothing but money is a poor kind of businessman, and a good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself,” meaning however that as a businessman, he is not to be seen as merely making profit but making people and nation too, comparably also, the media must be seen to engrain itself to public consciousness and not personality shooting anyhow.