National Commission for Privatization Tours Ports Facilities

As part of its statutory mandates to oversee the activities and operations of parastatals under it purview, the National Commission for Privatization (NCP) on last Wednesday embarked on a familiarization tour on the facilities of operators (both public and private) at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Queen Elizabeth II Quay.
Chairman of the National Commission for Privatization Dr. Michael Kargbo, while addressing crossed section of SLPA management says the visit is to familiarize the commission with the operations and activities of the concessioned areas of the port facilities and the ongoing reform at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority.
Chairman Kargbo says upon assuming office, he prioritized key institutions and the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, he says, is among the special measures groups.
In his welcoming address, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Abubakarr Bangura says the NCP is very instrumental to assist the Sierra Leone Ports Authority throughout its restructuring and reforming exercise. He says with the concessioning of core operational areas (including the Container Terminal which was to Bollore, the Break-bulk area to Nectar) the Port has been upgraded to meet international standards in terms of service delivery.
In a similar development, he says the Cargo Tracking Note, which ensures that cargoes before living their port of origin are analysed before departed, has been instituted at the port of Freetown as part of the Internal Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code compliance.
On the challenges, Mr Bangura says the current activities of the port has outstripped the infrastructure of the port; hence the congestion of the port. He says the current structure that occupied the Sierra Leone Ports Authority is now old and there is need for the construction of an administration building. In this regard, he says the site has been identified for the structure.
Among the facilities the Commission visited are the Freetown Terminal Limited (container terminal), Nectar (Break-bulk terminal), the newly constructed Dangote Cement factory and the Holland Shipyard.
Commission Vivian Bell of NCP after the conducted tour, says the commission is impressed with the operations and activities of the concessionaires. He says the visit has exposed them on the operations of the port.

NCP Reps. and Crossed section of SLPA Mgt. touring the Container Terminal

Port General Manager Abu B Bangura updating the Commission

NCP Commissioners touring Nectar Break-bulk

Holland Shipyard Strategic Director Simon Seisay updating the visiting team on their operations

Dangote staff briefing the visiting team

Bollore country Director Captain Fabijan Kokan on PowerPoint presentation

NCP Commissioners posed for photographs with SLPA Company Secretary