As Civil Society Slams… Transport Minister In Hot Waters


By Musa Sesay

Some civil society and human rights groups have raised serious concerns over the concession agreement signed between the Ministry of Transport and Aviation (MTA) and Autospect – Sierra Leone.

The agreement, according to reports, relates to the development, operation and implementation of Vehicle Regulation Card System, Radio Frequency Identification, windshield stickers and secure registration plates system, among others.

The agreement, they argued, is part of many of such arrangements that was hastily passed in the House of Parliament during its last and final sitting.

Speaking to journalists recently, one of the civil society activists, Mr. Mamoud Tim Kargbo accused the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma of deceiving cabinet and parliament to push dangerous contracts for personal gains.

He stated that having gone through the documents, they noticed that they were neither vetted by cabinet, nor did the Ministry seek professional advice, prior to the approval. The contracts, he added were never advertised as the law demands.

He continued that the former Chief Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA), Dr. Sarah Bendu had problems with the Minister and the Board Chairman when she stood her ground that the contract was not in the best interest of the country.

He said the use of sugar quoted words by the Minister and the Board Chairman to deceive the public with the intention to criminally win favour over the illegal action will never be tolerated as, according to him, “we will follow the matter to its logical conclusion.”