The Minister of Works and Public Assets, Peter Bayoh Conteh, on Thursday 3rd October 2019, at the Ministry of Information and Communication Conference Hall, said some government quarters were sold to citizens and non-citizens. Apparently, the Ministry set up a committee that looked into the allegations but has not reported or outlined any action plan. He went further to say that the Ministry lacks qualified engineers. Conteh said they should be developing a national housing plan, delivering regulation for buildings, among others, which makes it imperative for the Ministry to have qualified engineers. “I inherited a Ministry that was very corrupt,” Conteh said. He furthered that the Ministry was grossly understaffed, with outdated policies, lack of proper coordination with other MDAs, no monitoring and evaluation unit, etc.
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He said they are restructuring the Ministry by putting systems and processes in place, establishing a monitoring and evaluation unit, developing a national road master plan, and currently dialoguing with the Ministry of Finance for more funding to employ more staff. He said the Government has decentralized road maintenance to the local councils through the provision of essential machinery and tools. Apparently, the Ministry has refurbished 250 government quarters and been working to transform New England Ville offices into a modern administrative complex, and will also work on the Works Yard on Pademba Road into a commercial centre.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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