In a bid to maximize more employment opportunities and national revenue for the government of Sierra Leone the minister Transport and Aviation, Kemoh Sesay, has outlined his strategic plan to transform the Queen Elizabeth II Quay into an International transshipment hub.
He said, “’wata quay’ is one of the main sources of income generation for government but needs structural improvement to accommodate more ships”. On assuming office Kemoh Sesay was on record to have said he was going to undertake a whole survey on his ministry to identify problems in the various departments.
According to his survey report, the quay is flooded with portfolio clearing and forwarding agents who create unnecessary problems for potential customers.
He expressed great exception to the activities of some clearing and forwarding agents, whom he said were operating outside the laid down criteria which required them to obtain office space and licenses to operate.
Kemoh Sesay confirmed that government had records of over 100 vehicles but only few government ministers were in possession of vehicles all the rest were either kept in garage or beyond the borders of Sierra Leone. He said right senior secretary to permanent secretary in most of the government ministries were in possession of official vehicles for which they claim gallonage for on a weekly basis.
He said ten gallons a week were such a colossal amount that could be used for other pressing state matters.
By Solomon Rogers