Frank Timis must have got used to the challenges of meeting the expectations of share-holders, who have expressed amazing faith in his company, despite the uncountable attempts by the ruthless British Media to pursue him relentlessly hoping and lurching in the horizon, waiting for him to make one mistake, to help them sell more of their print media. I can confirm that the British media establishment is in shock. Timis and co have defied the raw anticipation of fleet street. African Minerals have done the impossible: they have manifested faith in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and that has paid huge dividends. Frank Timis has also defied his critics: His company, African Minerals have just embarked on and completed its first shipment of Iron Ore out of the country and the establishment of a railway system to facilitate this major feat, was implemented ahead of schedule. This is indeed remarkable, as Timis has even exceeded the expectations of a man who has taken on the challenges of his country and is making inroads in changing the lives of his people: the outstanding president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma.
Frank Timis has come to share the vision of President Koroma. He has made it his company’s priority to give back to communities; and has overseen the development and establishment of health centers and educational institutions across the length and breadth of the country. Not only is African Minerals’ contribution vital to the economy of Sierra Leone in terms of tax revenue it pays to the government, it is directly involved and supporting the Head of State’s Agenda for Change. Timis’ company, African Minerals made a massive donation of over 1 million dollars to the recent 50th Anniversary celebrations of the country’s independence. Major charities in the country have also benefited from his philanthropic gestures by receiving direct financial assistance from African Minerals.
The company’s Public Relations and Communications Director, Anthony Navo, recently told this press that African Minerals has huge plans in place for the Sierra Leonean people, and that Frank Timis has made it a corporate responsibility that the company embark on projects that will significantly change lives in communities across the country. He noted that African Mineral is the biggest scholarship donor in the country, making it possible for thousands of local and deprived children to benefit from a comprehensive formal education. Navo said Timis has been impressed with the Sierra Leone government’s effort to improve the country’s economy and has vowed to support President Ernest Koroma as he takes important strides in rebuilding his country’s infrastructures.
First published on Newstime Africa on 22 November, 2011
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