The Legal Aid Board has secured twenty seven million Leones (USD 2,700) in compensation for a Security Guard, Abu Bakarr Samura who was hit by a crane. The accident occurred while Samura was at work at a warehouse run by T&D Power Solutions at Borbor in the westend of Freetown.
The payment was done at the Board’s head office at 27 Wilberforce Street in Freetown. It follows series of mediation sessions between the complainant, Abu Bakarr Samura and representatives of T&D Power Solutions. The mediation was presided over by the Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Department.
Speaking after receiving the Le 27 million cheque, Samura thanked the Board for coming to his aid, adding that he is satisfied with the outcome. He averred that without the Board’s intervention, it could have been difficult for him to have been compensated.
He recalled with sad memories 22 January 2021 when the accident occurred, adding that though the management of T&D took charge of all his medical bills, it was dragging its feet over the issue of his compensation.
Samura added that this state of affairs made him to lodge a complaint with the Board and to his pleasant surprised his employer treated the matter with the seriousness it deserved. ‘Today I have been compensated and I’m happy for that’ he exclaimed.
The General Manager of T&D Power Solutions, Mohan Singn thanked the Board for the way the matter was mediated, saying the company is happy to respect the settlement that has been reached.
The ceremony was climaxed with the handing over of the cheque to Abu Bakarr Samura by Legal Aid Board’s ADR adjudicator, Mr. Alghassimu Sesay who admonished both parties that the matter is now closed.