The new Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Dr Dennis Sandy and his deputy, Syl Goba yesterday met with staff of his new office where he called for a transformation of the lands ministry.
Addressing staff at the conference room of the Ministry, Dr Dennis Sandy called on them to cooperate with him and his deputy with renewed commitment and dedication to transform the battered status of the Ministry.
He said they are in the Ministry not to create enemies but to enhance the aspiration of President Ernest Koroma for a change of attitude in executing national duties.
The new Lands minister appealed to staff to deal with land diligently, and assured genuine workers of their support at all times.
The Deputy Minister said they are looking for good working relationship with the staff in improving the image of the ministry.
The Acting Deputy Director of Survey and Lands, Dr William Farmer described the ministry as highly technical and called on the minister and his deputy to work closely with the technical staff in dealing with land matters in order to achieve a positive result.
The Deputy Chief Environment Officer in the Environment Department John Kamara noted that the problem in the land department is due to the lack of control on land administration by the Surveys and Lands division as most Permanent Secretaries signed letters of offers and assigned Surveyor to deal with land issues without reference to the Director of Survey and Lands.
A surveyor in the Surveys and Lands Division Bob Koker highlighted the lack of surveying tools and vehicle as problem plaguing the operation of the division.
The Deputy permanent secretary in the ministry Magnus Musa registered the cooperation of the staff to work with the minister and his deputy.