Sierra Leone Chamber for Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD) has expressed concern over recent attacks on productive investors, especially Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone, by some land owners.
According to the organization, land owners in the Pujehun district, last December protested against the expansion of palm oil plantations operated by the multi-million dollar Company in that part of the country.
Executive Secretary of SLeCAD, Ahmed Nanoh said the country needs large investment opportunities to boost its economy. He said Socfin and Addax are two companies that are readily driving in that direction should they start full operations.
He said his organization's recent engagements with these companies confirmed that their objectives and missions are to create jobs and wealth for Sierra Leoneans. He said the companies are also gearing towards boosting the country's food security and infrastructural development.
Mr. Nanoh encouraged Sierra Leoneans to embrace development rather than engaging themselves in fighting investors that brings development opportunities into the country.
He said frequent attacks on such investors have the potential of scaring away other potential investors from investing in the country.
The executive secretary called on the disgruntled land owners to channel their grievances through the right authorities rather than taking the law into their own hands.
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