The former permanent secretary at the Transport and then ommunications Ministry who is now a retired Civil Servant Francis Bockarie has expressed his commitment and determination to make the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration an effective and viable entity that will benefit the country.
Mr. Bockarie made this disclosure to this press yesterday during an interview that, his determination to continue working with the Sierra Leone Administration if called upon because of health and length of experience in the Maritime business locally and internationally.
He maintained that Sierra Leone has a viable maritime and it will stand to benefit from the fleet levy fee which is an amount that will be collected from ship owners because Sierra Leone does not carry her own share of the trade.
He added that MOCA had 100% trade but the other partners had to carry 40% and Sierra Leone will carry the other 40% in her account while the remaining 20% will be left for cross traders due to the lack of vessels and the country only provides the man power for the vessel at our ports and proceeds generated from the fleet fee will be used for the development of the country.
He further spoke about his involvement in the formation of the Maritime Administration with the objective of managing and protecting Maritime safety and to ensure that the
Environment is safe for shipping and it does also meet the standards of the International Maritime Organization.
Mr. Bockarie noted that he had represented Sierra Leone on a technical committee that worked out the establishment of a regional institution that will train maritime captains and engineers for Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon and the Gambia.
He noted that, his out standing performance and efforts at the Maritime Administration did qualify him to receive a certificate of excellence that was conferred on him prior to his retirement by the West and Central African States of Ministers for his contribution to the development of the Maritime Organization.
Mr. Bockarie further expressed his disappointment over the pollution of some Sierra Leone Rivers particularly the Aberdeen area due to the rampant dumping of urban runoff coupled with NPA activities at Kingtom as its machines always discharge waste in the river.
He intimated that he had got the needed knowledge and expertise to protect the environment from environmental pollution and other hazards as petroleum companies are allegedly discharging some waste in to the sea to be controlled to avoid disaster, and can only be handled by well grounded maritime administrators with a competent and effective staff who are determined to make the Sierra Leone territorial waters the safest.
Mr. Francis Bockarie went to the Bo School for his Secondary Education and later proceeded to the Fourah Bay College and Graduated with a second class honors in Geography, He served various capacities in the Civil Service and the Ministry of Transport and Aviation before his retirement.
Concluding Mr. Bockarie expressed his determination to continue working for the people of Sierra Leone, in preparing and controlling the environment particularly the territorial waters to ensure that the people benefit from her natural waters, which is being used for transportation which he said needs a specialist like him on marine prevention and control he maintained.
By Saidu Bah