Staff of the Anti Corruption Commission headed by Joseph F. Kamara spent the rest of Tuesday the 8th of February, 2011 at the Freetown International Airport situated at Lungi in the Kafu Bullom Chiefdom Port Loko District, discussing the need to maintain transparency and standards at the Airport or face the wrath of the ACC.
The stakeholder’s meeting was well-attended by government’s Parastatals including the Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, the Paramount Chief of Kafu Bullom Chiefdom P.C. Bai Shebora Sheba Gbereh, and other institutions concerned.
The visit of the ACC was prompted by the Independent Monitoring Report put together by the Airport Review Committee set up by the ACC. The report noted that the Airport is far below expectation in the area of security, institution and structure.
The Commissioner of ACC Joseph Kamara in addressing the gathering at the Airport Gallery mentioned that the airport is nothing to write home about in terms of security, institution and structure, and as part of their drive to compliment government’s effort, they are willing to do whatever is within their ambit to ensure that people who choose to be an obstacle to development have the ACC and the people of Sierra Leone to contend with.
He said that the ACC lays premium on mismanagement misappropriation which have been the cankerworm eating the fabric of this nation and the gateway to Sierra Leone.
The Commissioner revealed that there is too much hassling at the airport, overcrowding, imposed taxes that are not properly accounted for and undue favour by government officials. He warned that all of those loopholes should be addressed since the ACC’s sword of Damocles is seriously hanging over their heads waiting to descend.
The meeting would have opened a Pandora’s Box since institutions and individuals started pointing fingers at each other for allegedly bearing some amount of responsibilities to the retrogression of the airport.
By Poindexter Sama