Some 58 tenants of the Sierra Leone Housing Corporation (SALHOC) have been given 21- days ultimatum to meet their financial obligations to the corporation running into billions of Leones.
In an exclusive interview with the acting General Manager, Magnus Coker, he explained that these tenants about about fifty-eight of them, have refused to pay rent and as August 25, they owed the organization about Le1.5 billion.
The acting General Manager further disclosed that as a result of the gross failure of these tenants, he said “we have gone four months without salary because our tenants have woefully failed to honour their obligations towards us.”
He dubbed this act, despite persistent plea, as gross wickedness, and lauded the staff for their patience and dedication to duty amidst these hiccups.
Furthermore, he said, amongst the biggest defaulters are; Mrs & Mrs Deen Magona, who are indebted to SALHOC to the tune of Le44, 636, 100.00, Brima Ndoeka, the sum of Le68,792,200.00, Ahmed Tejan Conteh, Le55,000.00, and E. Jordan Kamara, Le60,837,000.00.
Others in the core defaulters category are; Sheik A.A.Koroma, Le99,000,000.00, Hon P.C. Brima V.S. Kebbie, Le,68,500,000.00, former Parliamentarian Hon. Dr. Moses O. Sesay, Le81,000,000.00 and Kalleone Group of Companies, the whooping sum of Le135,000,000.00.
According to the acting General Manager, he lamented that the non-payment of rent by the occupants had rendered his institution the unpleasant state of not meeting the end of service benefits of employees, who had served the office with diligence.
Magnus Coker further emphasized that the non-payment had also had a telling effect on them, as it had hampered them or given them opportunity to undertake repairs at these villas, which are in a rather poor state.
He further emphasized that this situation is well-known along the corridors of power, spanning from State House, Parliament, National Commission for Privatization, the Works and Political Affairs Ministries, as well as their legal retainers.
But despite all their strides to have the occupants meet their financial obligations towards SALHOC had fallen on thorny grounds, thus warranting the latest stance to have the 21- day ultimatum, failing which they would evict the occupants and forced them to pay all their arrears.
However, a worker pleaded with the appropriate authorities to ensure that they do not continue to leave in abject poverty, as they have their families to take care off, as they continue to go without salaries for month, while those who are in arrears to the institution are living a flamboyant life style.
Friday August 29, 2014