The Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Hon. Foday Rado Yokie was admonishing staff of the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources (MMMR) and the National Minerals Agency (NMA) to work with him to ensure that Sierra Leoneans derive maximum benefits from our mineral resources.
Addressing a cross-section of MMMR and NMA staff during the formal handing over ceremony held at the Ministry’s conference room, 5th floor Youyi Building on the 3rd July 2019, Hon. Foday Rado Yokie said that the people of Sierra Leone have suffered for far too long from not benefiting from the mineral wealth of this country and that he is here to change that narrative.
He pointed out that the minerals sector is critical to national development, and that staff must see themselves as working for the benefit of the country and the people, and not for the Minister. “We are all servants of the people, and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that the people of this country realize benefits from our minerals”, he maintained.
Hon. Foday Rado Yokie expressed appreciation to his predecessor, Dr. Morie Manyeh, for his good work, and the very solid foundation he has left behind. He assured staff that he is ready to work with everybody, regardless of color, race, tribe or party and solicited cooperation from all to enhance smooth working relationship. He called on staff to work with sincerity and put the interest of the country first.