In compliance with the environmental procedures of the Environmental Protection Agency Act of 2008, Milla Group Sierra Leone limited has successfully ended a public disclosure on the revised Environmental Social Health impact report on Wednesday January 22, 2019 at the Government Technical Institute Conference Hall Kissy in Freetown.
The public disclosure session attracted several local stakeholders and members of the Fisher’s Lane Community in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Standards Bureau.
Mukesh Patel Milla Group Administrative Manager while delivering the welcome address stated that the significance of the public disclosure is to engage the community about the environmental impact of the operations of the company and urged the people to make their contribution towards report.
According to the representative of the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau TambaKamanda the objective of the public disclosure is to engage community people on the operations of Milla Group and the strides they are making to protect the environment and consumers.
He said the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau has a mandate to regulate
Giving an overview of the public disclosure as mandated by Law a Representative of the Environmental Protection Agency BashiruKargbo properly explained about the significance of the Environmental Social Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) survey for the purpose of meeting accepted environmental standards.
He said EPA is working towards sustainable environmental management in the country by enforcing the rules and regulations governing activities carried out on the environment for mitigation measures.
The Environmental Consultant for Milla Group Anthony Davis while giving an overview of the report explained about the various steps they took in the conduct of the Environmental Social Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) survey scoping within the Fisher Lane community where the company operates.
Anthony Davis said scientifically plastic wastes are destructive to the environment but stated that the habit of the ordinary Sierra Leonean in waste disposal causes severe environmental hazards in society and called for a responsible approach towards use and misuse of plastic materials in communities.
He said Milla Group has brought a lot of benefits to the community they operate by creating jobs for many youths and for also contributing to socio- economic development of the country.
He also disclosed that Milla group has agreed to allocate 35% of the community development funds towards the award of scholarship to tertiary and university students from the community.
He also disclosed that over the years Milla group as part of the Environmental Action Plan provided water tanks for community use and paved raods within the Fisherlane community and scholarship offered to deserving students.
The consultant also stated that Milla Group is locally manufacturing cheaper alternative plastic household utensils for an affordable prize through the use of state of the art technologies.
He assured that “Milla Group activities do not cause any major environmental problems that can cause severe harm to the community they operate and the environment.”
He said the report also recommends that proper mitigation measures to be taken to reduce plastic waste on the environment by setting up a recycling plant within communities and to also sprinkle water on the dusty Fisher Lane road leading to the factory.
The Member of Parliament for the constituency where the company operates WuroeJalloh applauded milla Group for contributing towards community development.
A community stakeholder who chaired the public disclosure implored the fisher lane community to embrace Milla Group for the protection of their environment and the development of the country an interactive question and answer session and validation of the Environmental Social Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) survey formed a high point of the public disclosure.