Thumbs Up For Dr. Sarah Bendu


By Pateh Bah

Members of Parliament (MPs) recently showered praises on the newly appointed Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu during her parliamentary approval session at the House of Parliament.

In his contribution in the Well of Parliament, member of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party, Hon. Abubakarr Foday Sillah lavished praises on Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu whom he described as a personality who has distinguished herself in society through good service delivery, selflessness and other outstanding contributions that have positively impacted the lives of many. Hon. Sillah further noted that the appointment of Madam Bendu did not come as a dint of luck rather it is driven by His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio’s yearn to diversify the economy by bringing to the fore the relevance of innovative engagement of the human resources in transforming the valuable economic resources of the country and according to him, this is where Madam Bendu fits into the equation.

The MP furthered that Dr. Bendu already has a proven track record citing her exemplary leadership qualities exhibited at the Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority (SLRSA).

Another member of APC, Hon. Mark Mamoud Kalokoh also heaped praises on Madam Bendu while noting that he had known her to be a patriot and diligent woman who, for her penchant for development, would help in transforming the country in whatever capacity as, according to him, she is one personality who always rises to the occasion. He furthered that her outstanding administrative qualities and interpersonal relationship, coupled with her good communication skills with staff also play in her hands. He continued that he is of the firm conviction that Madam Bendu would propel SLMA to higher heights much to the expectation of the economic vision of the President Bio led administration.

Leader of the National Coalition for Change (NGC), Hon. Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella also praised the new SLMA boss while calling on her and other appointees to work in the interest of the country and continue to build and add value to the much needed economic development. He also called on the SLMA Boss to ensure that good and safer boats are registered so as to maximize the much needed revenue for the country.

Other speakers including APC’s, Hon. Hassan A. Sesay expressed similar sentiments.

It could be recalled that the new SLMA Boss undertook some laudable ventures in order to rebrand SLRSA. Key among her transformation drive, were the rehabilitation of the licenses department to an ultra-modern license hall, the establishment of a state-of-the-art vehicle fitness centre for the testing of vehicles for road worthiness, establishment of SLRSA branches in all district headquarters so as to take the services of the authority to the doorsteps of the public, among other development strides.

Meanwhile, from what The Exclusive has gathered, the appointment of Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu as Executive Director for SLMA has been greeted with a bang much to the satisfaction of many as according to observers, retaining Madam Bendu who they describe as a reasoned and erudite administrator in the ‘New Direction’ is a step in the right direction.