Parliament yesterday approved the new Chief Immigration Officer Alpha Kholifa Koroma, Dr Alfred S Fawundu as chairman of the Anti Corruption advisory commission and P.C Haja Fatmata Binti Maeme Kajue as member and Frank E. Jarrett as commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission.
Presenting the nominees the deputy majority leader, Hon Sheku Badara Bashir Dumbuya, said the parliamentary Appointments and Public Service Committee interviewed the nominees on last Friday.
He said the new immigration boss spoke that he intended to look into the manner in which foreign nationals enter the country and to computerize their entry thereby establishing a data base on illegal immigrants.
Hon Bashir Dumbuya also said Mr Koroma further spoke of ensuring that the Immigration Department worked alongside other governmental agencies for a comprehensive plan in tracing illegal migrants in the country.
The Chief Immigration Officer, according to the deputy majority leader, said he was going to look at the Immigration Department not as an ordinary passport office, but to be viewed in terms of standards required for a modern immigration department.
Dr Alfred Fawundu, who recently retired as a senior UNDP Resident Representative, promised to work without fear or favour for the success of the Anti Corruption Commission.” I will give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. Caesar is the state and the work of the state has to be done”, he stated.
Mr Frank Jarrett, an electrical and electronic engineer, commented that the high telecom tariffs charged in the country were extremely high compared to other countries in West Africa.
Mr Jarrett said that was going to be some of the problems to tackle at the national telecommunications company right away.
He said unlike Ghana and Nigeria where cell phone companies were on a flat rate, it was not the case in Sierra Leone where high rates where charged for a call from one network to another.
The other nominee, P.C Haja Fatmata Binti-Koroma Meae Kajue said she would ensure that all cases were properly investigated before actions would be taken.