NCP Welcomes New Chairman


By Ibrahim Sahid Kamara

The National Commission for Privatisation has welcomed its new Chairman, Umaru Napoleon Koroma Esq., at a handing over ceremony held on Thursday June 7th at the commission’s office at Lotto Building, Tower Hill, Freetown.

During the ceremony, the outgoing chairman Sulaiman Kabba Koroma Esq., welcoming his successor highlighted his impressive professional qualification and experience.

He said he has no doubt that the new chairman is capable of moving NCP to another level. He appealed to the staff to support him. He noted that he and Mr. Koroma have been colleagues for 15 years despite their political differences; adding that President Bio made no mistake in choosing the new chairman. He then handed over a folder containing a status report about the commission over the years to the new boss.

The new NCP chairman said he was delighted to be taking over from a brother and senior colleague of the same profession. He said the bonds that bind them should be greater than those that divide them.

Mr. Koroma thanked President Bio for the confidence he has placed in him to provide leadership in this all important state institution.

“The effective management of our public enterprises is clearly a key pillar in the ‘New Direction’ agenda and it is with great humility that I accept this challenge to help propel our development trajectory as we march towards middle income level status by 2035,” he stated.

He stated that it was reassuring to have someone on the other side of the political divide taking his time to formally hand over an account of his stewardship of a very important institution like the NCP.

He added that he was particularly pleased with Sulaiman Koroma’s congratulatory message on the very day his appointment was announced from State House. That he maintained was strong testament to our growing democratic culture and political tolerance.

Mr. Napoleon Koroma said the report handed over to him will serve as a major reference as he begins the business of transforming the commission in line with the New Direction of the President. He expressed gratitude to the outgun chairman for this invaluable report which he said he will read line by line to understand the intricacies therein.

The new Chairman said that he had met with the staff of the commission and that going forward; such meetings will be a major feature of his leadership. He said his expectations from the staff had been communicated clearly and that he believed that the least among them understands that effective delivery is not an option but a must.