April 16, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday stated that the commission is highly impressed with the operations of Freetown Terminal Limited, a subsidiary of Bollore Africa Logistics.
Shollay Davies led a team of senior ACC officials to assess the facilities of the company during an official visit.
“I am happy that the Port is no longer a secondary Port in the world. It has transformed greatly to international standard,” he said and called for collaboration between Freetown Terminal, Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA), National Revenue Authority and other stakeholders operating at the quay.
According to him, the services offered by the company are critical in the development of the country, and encouraged Freetown Terminal authorities not to relent but to continue in their quest to helping the country grow.
“We want to have a common ground where we could be meeting from time to time to discuss challenges and find solutions for more development,” he added.
Earlier in his welcome address, the company’s General Manager, Marc Gerrard, pledged their commitment to continue improving on the facilities at the Port so that it could generate more revenue for national development.
Also, Deputy General Manager of the SLPA, Yera Kargbo, said there is synergy between the two companies but that the only thing required is to improve on it. “We only need to improve on our meetings and other collaborative activities. Let me commend Freetown Terminal for improving on the baseline of the Port,” he said.
Freetown Terminal Limited boasts of a real asset in an emerging market and a workforce that is willing to learn and demonstrate its know-how. It has invested over $36 million and has paid over $26 million in taxes to the government.
The company can also boast of ultramodern port equipment like: 2 mobile harbor cranes, 9 Reach stackers, 14 tug masters, 3 heavy forklifts, 2 power pack of 72 reefers plug for refrigerators, CCTV facilities, various IT facilities, buildings, vehicles and other terminal operation systems, and has employed about 2,400 workers with some Sierra Leoneans currently being trained to be part of the top management.