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Sierra Leone News: NCP Chair inspects ports

Sierra Leone Ports Authority on Tuesday played host to the Chair of the National Commission for Privatisation, Umaru Napoleon Koroma who visited to familiarize himself with the activities of the ports ahead of deeper engagements to streamline its operations.
Of particular interest was the Ports Expansion project by the Freetown Terminal Limited (Bollore) which has invested over $120 million USD to construct a new quay and install eight ultra modern STS cranes, a 6 megawatts power plant and other paraphernalia that will transform the Freetown Ports into a land lord port for the subregion. The berth expansion project is scheduled for commissioning in September this year.
Koroma also inspected other concessioners including the Nectar Bulk Terminal Limited (NSBT) which is also investing $4 million USD to renovate and equip the Bulk and Break Terminal at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay. He also inspected the scanning section and the Dangote Cement factory where he gained firsthand knowledge of the intricacies surrounding their operations.
Earlier, Koroma outlined his vision to scale up progress already made with the Ports transformation averring, “I believe we are all in agreement that progress has been made and it is my intention to make things better than they were….the President is very clear with his vision….it’s all about delivery and there must be no more business as usual…”
SLPA General Manager, Abu Bangura extolled the NCP for the leadership role it continues to play in the transformation of the Freetown Ports and pledged his institution’s commitment to provide a level playing field between the key stakeholders in the Ports. The General Manager of Bollore, Fabigan Kokan said over 70% of his workforce is Sierra Leonean, adding that his company will train over 30 locals on the operations and maintenance of the new equipment at the new quay.
The Sierra Leone Ports Authority is among public enterprises listed under the first schedule of the NCP Act of 2002 – to reform, restructure and privatize.
20/6/18
Thursday June 21, 2018.

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