High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to Nigeria, Dr. Solomon Gembeh, has asked Nigerian investors to come to invest in their mining sector, lamenting that the sector is in deplorable state. He said, trade cooperation existing between both countries dated back to 1961.
He said this in Abuja Tuesday on the sidelines of the commemoration of Sierra Leone’s 59th Independence Anniversary
The envoy noted that Nigeria and other African countries have huge deposits of diamond and iron ore and stressed the need for a review of Sierra Leone’s laws with a view to promoting bilateral trade.
“We are open to Nigeria to invest in Sierra Leone. Nigeria as our big brother has been good to us all through our development after the civil war, to Ebola, and recently in education.
We need to look at our relationships in Africa; how we can look at ourselves after this COVID-19; how we can trade with each other with free movement policy in place within the ECOWAS region.
“We should be able to trade and do things where we can be able to compete with the Western economies and not solely depend on them,” he said.
He said that although the mining sector in Sierra Leone was in a deplorable condition, measures had been taken to privatise some state owned enterprises and bring about economic profit.
“We reviewed the mining agreement in the interest of our country to enable us to focus on legalities and to strengthen the fight against corruption.