– Mariama Coker
Monrovia — Legal luminaries in the oil and gas sector from three West African countries (Mali, Sierra Leone and Liberia) recently converged in Monrovia, Liberia for a three-day seminar on petroleum exploration in Africa.
The seminar, described as first of its kind, was designed specifically for professionals involved in the international oil and gas industry.
Sierra Leone’s head of delegation, Professor Victor E. Strasser-King, described the seminar as unique as it gave them opportunity to rapidly increase their understanding of legal issues on the international scene and to improve their techniques and skills in drafting varieties of international contracts.
According to the Professor, West Africa now has lots of attractions with regards oil and gas production. Many oil companies, he said, were securing licenses and oil blocks for exploration and subsequent production as there was a mad rush for the exploration. Professor Strasser-King further noted that Sierra Leone has to revisit its legislature in order to underpin the policy, which according to him, has been approved by Cabinet.
In a related event, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Liberia H.E. Rev. Dr. Mrs. Marie Jilo Barnett over the weekend hosted an interactive session with Sierra Leonean delegates at her Congo Town residence.
Ambassador Barnett in her welcome message urged the officials to be more focused on the issue of petroleum with regards the recent oil discovery in Sierra Leone. She also spoke on Sierra Leone’s refugee status in Liberia and preparations being made by her mission ahead of the country’s 50 years anniversary next year.
In his response, Prof. Strasser-King on behalf of his team, promised to take the message back home and that they were highly impressed with the Ambassador and her staff.
Other members of the Sierra Leone delegation included Frank Kargbo, I. Kanu, Ms. Martina Koroma, Adekunle King, Reginald Thomas, Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, Ms. Sonia Stanley, Madam Finda Koroma and Jonathan Sheka.