The Kenema District Environment Superintendent, Eric Musa from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation under the watchful eyes of a representative of the Consumer Protection Council, the Police and Civil Society Organizations have burnt to ashes over 4, 000 cartons of Sir King Size Cigarettes seized form Boroko Enterprise at 31, Humunya Avenue in Kenema City.
At the burning site at Gbederu dump site in Kenema city, the Environment Superintendent, Eric Musa said the Ministry of Health and Sanitation came to know about “this bad cigarette” through the Consumer Protection Council who found it out during one of their inspection exercises in the city. He said they found out that the Sir King Size cigarette has lost it factory test and it has become substandard for quite a long time.
The Environmental Superintendent disclosed that it was the Regional Head of Boroko Enterprise, Alpha Ibrahim Bah who voluntarily reported the status of the cigarette to the Ministry in Kenema.
Mr. Musa therefore commended the business man for calling the attention of the Environmental Health Office about the status of the
cigarette. He assured all that since the sellers came voluntarily, the Ministry will now issue out a certificate to the Boroko Enterprise which will be sent to the factory in Dubai for their attention regarding the substandard nature of their cigarette and for the Dubai Company to consider paying compensation to Boroko Enterprise.
Alpha Ibrahim Bah referred to the incident as unfortunate but however stated that he is happy about the action taken by the Ministry in the interest of all. He stated that they have spent between Le 10, 000, 000 and Le 15, 000, 000 (ten to fifteen Leones) to the Consumer Protection Council to help them dispose of the cigarettes but that they were ill-advised and therefore had to resort to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Mr. Bah however assured his costumers that they will ensure that next time round, their product is of standard.