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Failure to adhere to budget circular

Airport Authority stood down

September 30, 2019

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Sierra Leone Airport Authority (SLAA) was on Friday September 27, 2019 stood  down at the ongoing budget hearing/discussions for failing to make available the necessary documents for presentation as required.

The circular from the finance ministry required State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) like the SLAA to present their income and expenditure for the year under review, procurement and strategic plans and the 2020 budget proposal.

As he was asked to make a presentation at the Miatta Conference Hall, the authority’s Commercial Manager, Bobson Kargbo only presented figures of their proposed 2020 budget, which was in dollars and not in Leones as required.

He was unable to breakdown their strategic plan for people to understand better with no detailed explanation provided for figures in their budget.

Also, the authority’s expenditure far outweighed their revenue generation but requested for a 21.1 million United States Dollars budget, failing to disclose the benefits they were getting from international partners.

Chair of the session, Joseph Fatorma requested  representatives  to go back and ensure that the necessary documents are prepared before they can be allowed to present.

He stated that they were not expecting such a presentation from them because they were given a plan to work on.

 “We cannot allow you go ahead in presenting a budget which is in foreign currencies. Go back and do something better as required. This presentation is too scanty,” he said.

Civil society and non-state actors’ representatives present also kicked against the authority presenting their budget because it was not properly presented.