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Napoleon Koroma Engages Port Managers

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Napoleon Koroma Engages Port Managers

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The Chairman of the National Commission for Privatization saw at first-hand the ongoing work being done to complete the Ports Expansion Project, which is being carried out by the Freetown Terminal Limited (Bollore).

Bollore has invested over US$120 million to construct a new quay and install 8 ultra-modern STS cranes, a 6 megawatts power plant and other facilities that will transform the Freetown Port into a world class shipping facility for the sub-region. The berth expansion project is expected to be completed in September this year.

Mr. Napoleon Koroma inspected other concessioners, including the Nectar Bulk Terminal Limited (NSBT) that is also investing US$4 million to renovate and equip the Bulk and Break Terminal at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay.

He also visited the Dangote Cement factory where he gained first-hand knowledge of the intricacies surrounding their operations.

In his brief address, Mr. Koroma said: “I believe we are all in agreement that progress has been made and it is my intention to make things better than they were….and President Bio is very clear about his vision….it’s all about delivery and there must be no more business as usual”.

The Sierra Leone Ports Authority is among a list of state enterprises on the first schedule of the National Commission for Privatization Act of 2002 – to be reformed, restructured and privatized.

Prior to visiting the Freetown Water Quay last Tuesday, the Chairman of the National Commission for Privatisation (NCP), went to Freetown International Airport to familiarize himself with the operations and management of the airport.

Meeting with the airport management, Mr. Napoleon Koroma briefed staff about the core principles of president Bio’s New Direction Agenda – disciplined leadership, professionalism and delivery.

These core principles he said are critical in realizing the president’s vision for a stable economy. “If we are to achieve the President’s manifesto commitments, we must abide by these three core principles in our everyday activities…it will never be business as usual and I expect each and every one of you to remain professional,” he told the airport management.

He said he had chosen Freetown International Airport for his maiden visit to parastatals under his Commission’s supervision, because he believes that the airport remains critical in promoting the country’s economic development. The NCP Chairman said that he will inform the President about the pressing challenges facing the airport.

The General Manager of the Sierra Leone Airports Authority, Idriss Nabie Fofanah spoke about the progress that has been achieved in improving services at the airport, as well as the huge challenges facing the airport management, such as electricity supply.

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