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Sierra Leone News : Parliament Inspects Ports Facilities
By Abdul Kabia, SLPA
Mar 14, 2016, 12:00
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The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Transport and Aviation on last Wednesday visited and inspected the facilities at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Queen Elizabeth II Quay.

The visit according to the Chairman of Transport and Oversight Committee Honourable Babatude Lewally is part of their mandates to supervise all parastatals under the supervisions of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation.

SLPA General Manager A.B Bangura during the inspection

Among the facilities the committee visited and inspected are the Container Terminal operated by Freetown Terminal Limited, subsidiary group to Bollore and the non-containerised Terminal operated by Nectar, a British registered Company.

Addressing the Honourable Members of Parliaments, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority said the ports has privatized the container terminal and the non-containerised terminal to Bollore and Nectar group of company respectively following the government decision through the National Commission of Privatization to transform the port from a service Port to a landlord port where core operational activities where privatised to private operators. He commended both Bollore and Nectar for their commitment to transform the port.

Nectar Edward Koroma addressing Members of Parliament during the inpections

The General Manager of Nectar Break-bulk Sierra Leone Jean Page said his company is here to take break-bulk operations in Sierra Leone to different level. He assured the Honourable members of their compliance in line with the contractual agreement.

On his part, General Manager of Bollore Group of Companies Captain Fabjanko Kokan who spoke on behalf of the Freetown Terminal Limited said his company has operated in Sierra Leone for Five years and has made significant progress so far. He said due to the company's efficiency in terms of cargo delivery, Sierra Leone is now placed second in the map in terms of vessels quick turnaround times.

Hounourable memebers at Freetown Terminal Limited with cross section of SLPA & FTL staff

Captain Kokan thanked Members of Parliament for ratifying their addendum to operating multipurpose berths for containerised and non-containerised cargoes.

He said the project for the extension of an additional berth would cost the company 120 Million Dollars and would create over five hundreds job for Sierra Leoneans.

Honourable MP posed for photographs with Nectar Official

On the local content policy, he said 99% of the company's employees are Sierra Leone one of whom he said is the Second in-command in the Freetown Terminal Limited.

Also on infrastructure and equipment, Captain Kokan said the Freetown Terminal Limited has invested more what is in concessioning agreement between them and the Sierra Leone government.

Responding on behalf of Honourable Members, Chairman of the Oversight Committee on Transport and Aviation Honourable Babatude Lewally said they are impressed with the facilities despite the fact that there is some room for improvement. He said the committee is always on the side of the people of this country to ensure that they get better service. He commended the management of the Sierra Leone for supervising the concessionaires.

Captain Kokan inpecting



Hounourable memebers at Freetown Terminal Limited

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