A high profile delegation from the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) comprising of Management and the Board of Directors over the weekend visited ports facilities at Targrin and Mahera at Lungi and the Cape Lighthouse at Aberdeen in Freetown.
The Acting Manager of SLPA Capt Richard Sawyer and the Company Secretary Baba Kamara formed part of the delegation that visited ports facilities explaining to the Board about the status of the ports facilities.
The objective of the inspection tour was to acquaint Management and Board of Directors with facilities belonging to the Sierra Leone Ports Authority so as to get first hand information on their status to prepare the entity for the Privatization process with the World Bank.
The delegation was headed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors Sorie Ndigi Dumbuya, accompanied by colleague Board Members Kpaka Kamara, Sylvester Fomba, Haja Alimatu Sesay and executives of the Ports Management. At Ta grin (Kissy) the delegation visited the harbor and other facilities.
The targrin terminal Manager Saffa O Mansaray welcomed the delegation and took them on a conducted tour. He highlighted progress made and some of the challenges facing the port. He also disclosed that late arrival of flights is a major problem and the jetty is also not in good shape.
The delegation further visited Mahera beach where SLPA facilities are located. It was observed that most of the facilities are dilapidated and are on the brink of collapse, management expressed the need for the rehabilitation of the jetty with emphasis on supporting beams.
At the ferry terminal in Kissy the board and management were taken on a conducted tour of the facilities by ports staff, it was also observed that a Korean national is operating a fishing company named SYL Fishing Company illegally. The Board of Directors questioned the manager of the company Hwang and he promised to regularize his business with Ports Management.
The delegation was also taken to the Cape Light House and it was observed that a large portion of the land has been encroached upon, the Board and Management called for the submission of all land deeds and other documents relating to the acquisition of the land.
By Saidu Bah