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For fear of ‘juju’…

Ports GM orders destruction of Company Secretary’s office

April 14, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) is said to have ordered Civil Engineer Michael N’dolenje to destroy tiles in the office of the Company Secretary, which was renovated only late November 2014.

The order, according to some workers who preferred anonymity, came after General Manager Abu Bangura, who is currently out of the country, allegedly received a tip-off that charms had been buried in the office by the former Company Secretary, Alhaji M.S. Sesay, whose service came to an end barely a month ago.

The destruction exercise was carried out last Saturday (11 April) in the presence of observers from the Sierra Leone Police, Port Security, Port Intelligence Unit, workers in the office of the Company Secretary, as well as the Civil Engineering Department.

But at the completion of the exercise, nothing like charm (juju) was found in the former Company Secretary’s office, an outcome observers and top company officials described as waste of financial and material resources.

Workers in the office are said to be confused as to their fate in an establishment that has been enmeshed by infighting between the General Manager, Abu Bangura and the former Company Secretary, Alhaji M.S. Sesay.

Reports gathered by Concord Times state that since Sesay left his office, Mr. Bangura has been a worried man as has been preoccupied with looking for all possible avenues to clean up the said office.

SLPA Public Relations Officer, Sara K. Sesay, confirmed to Concord Times that he witnessed the exercise over the weekend.

“We are surprised to see that tiles that were fixed in November last year were removed on the instruction of the General Manager. We see it as a total waste of the institution’s resources,” he said.

Also, acting Divisional Manager for Media, Marketing and Communications, Abdul Kabia, disclosed that the company was undertaking general repairs in the offices of the General Manager, Deputy General Manager and Company Secretary.

While the National Commission for Privatisation (NCP) is putting together an independent team to conduct a thorough investigation into the issue, Deputy General Manager, Yera B. Kargbo, is also said to be mulling over whether to conduct an internal investigation in the absence of his boss.

What bemused many of the workers and observers is the fact that those that undertook the destruction are not workers of the SLPA, but persons transported from Waterloo to undertake the exercise.