Three former Sierra Leone Peoples Party members of Parliament – Bami Chidi, Momoh C. Koyah and Sidi M. Tunis – were yesterday approved by parliament to serve as Board members.
These three former SLPP MPs were nominated by the President and were interviewed on July 22nd along with five other nominees by the appointment and public service committee.
Bami Chidi and Momoh C. Koyah were MPs from 2002-07 and were approved to serve as Board member Sierra Leone National Shipping Company. Mr Koyah was referred to by MPs during the last parliament as ‘undertone chairman.’
The third former member, Mr Sidi Tunis, was also approved as Board member Sierra Leone Roads Authority.
Speaking of their approval, Hon Eric Jumu of SLPP, who seconded the motion, said the three former SLPP MPs were not going to represent their constituencies but the country as a whole. He said the shipping company was a revenue-based institution and that the two should ensure that the country derives its benefits. He thus reminded the third about the deplorable road conditions in the country and to ensure that SLRA be an efficient institution.
Hon Emmanuel Tommy said it was because of the contributions of the three in the last parliament that the President nominated them and said with their knowledge, nobody was going to bend them.
The SLPP minority leader, Hon Momoh Pujeh, referred to them as highly committed and dedicated members of the SLPP and their nomination clearly manifests that they were ready for national service if called upon to do so. Among the other five nominees was Mabel E.K Mbayo, who is to serve as Board member, public service commission. She is a professional nurse with long standing working experience. Mrs Marie Kesebe also approved to serve as Board member Sierra Leone National Shipping Company.
Ann Marie Sheku was approved to serve on the Tourist Board whilst Mr Timbo Jalloh and Daniel Jones (Diamond Toes) to serve as on the Sierra Leone National Shipping Company Board.