The acting general manager at the Sierra Leone Airport Authority, John M.M Brima, has said he will strengthen the gains made by his predecessor Donald Bull.
Mr Brima said he intended to operate an open door policy and to cope with the unique managerial skills of Mr Bull who has proceeded on retirement.
He was speaking at a farewell general meeting of staff and workers of the Sierra Leone Airport Authority recently held in honour of Donald Bull.
The acting general manager said, “management will continue to work as a team,” and expressed his determination to foster the good and cordial link between SLAA and the people of Kaffu Bullom.
The acting deputy general manager, Sheik Swarray Deen, noted that even though Mr Bull would be a very big loss to the industry the respective managers would ensure that the standards were maintained as dictated by the mission statement of the Sierra Leone Airport Authority.
The personnel and public relations manager, Mohamed Swarray, said he was perturbed by what he referred to as unproductive engagement by some staff of the industry.
He made special reference to some of the stories making the rounds in which it was rumoured that the government of Ernest Bai Koroma was bent on dismissing all the senior workers perceived not to have supported the All People’s Congress in the previous presidential election.
Mohamed Swarray said workers must desist from such baseless rumours mongering, adding that they should spend their time productively to move the organization forward rather than to embark on non-profitable talks.
Mr Donald Bull spent over 30 years at the Sierra Leone Airport Authority and retired as chief executive officer.
He said he was going with fond memories of both the SLAA management and the people of Kaffu Bullom.
Mr Bull said even though the industry had not been booming due to the civil conflict in the country and its consequences as only few flights were operational, yet his management had been able to make about 20 major investments over the years.
The former general manager spoke of plans for a second runway and a second terminal building, noting that modalities had already been put in place.
He said the management had, under his leadership, won the award of best parastatal of the year and the most effective management for three consecutive years.
He thanked all for their cooperation and urged for a continuation of the good and hard work. In appreciation for his dedication, the SLAA Workers’ Association has named its staff complex Mr D.C.O Bull.
Meanwhile, the Kaffu Bullom community has also opted to confer the title of Honorary Paramount Chief to Mr Donald Bull.