Dr. Sarah Bendu, others sail through Parliament


July 25, 2018

By Jariatu S. Bangura

Dr. Sarah Bendu taking oath during her interview

Members of Parliament yesterday approved Dr. Sarah Bendu as the new Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration.

The other approved nominees include Foday Musa – Board Chairman, National Commission for Social Action; Patrick Jaiah Kaikai – Board Chairman, Sierra Leone Civil Aviation; Moses Williams – Board Chairman, Statistics Council; Kalilu Totangi – Chairman, National Commission for Civil Education; Edward Lebbie – Chairman Sierra Leone Airport Authority; and Hon. Bintu Myers -Board Chairman, Guma Valley Water Company.

Also, the House endorsed Alfred Herbert Kandeh – Board Chairman, National Public Procurement Authority; Sidi Alieu Bakarr – Board Chairman, Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority; Mrs. Sia Elizabeth Tongo – Board Chairman, National Civil Registration Authority; James Taiwo Cullen –Chairman, National Commission for Persons with Disability; and Donald Ngegba – Chairman, Local Government Service Commission.

In addition, the following were approved: Philip Lansana as Executive Director – Sierra Leone Water Company; Thomas Ngolo Katta – Commissioner, National Youth Commission; Emerson Kamara – Deputy Commissioner, National Youth Commission; Abu Bockarie Kokofele – Commissioner, National Commission for Social Action; and Mrs. Ada Conteh – Board Member, Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority.

While presenting the nominees for approval, Deputy Chairman of the Appointment Committee and Deputy Leader of Government Business, Hon.
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Mathew S. Nyuma, said the committee maintained strict consistency with its established procedures.

“The nominees were interviewed on issues pertaining to their educational background to ensure that they have the relevant education and necessary backup experience to hold such important offices of the state,” he said.

Hon. Nyuma said that all of the nominees have experiences and have done their best, hence they have no reason to disappoint the nation and President.

In his contribution, main opposition Whip, Hon. Hassan A. Sesay, said when Dr. Bendu took over at the Road Transport Authority it was very difficult place to work in, but she did her best and ensured she conquered those challenges and transformed the institution.

He said the new Maritime Administration boss was able to change the old transport authority to a road safety authority without any difficulty, because of the innovative ideas she brought to the institution.

Hon. Sesay urged the other nominees to be patriotic and not work solely in the interest of their parties.

Hon. Mark Mamoud Kalokoh of the All People’s Congress remarked that: “You should make sure that you are going there to represent the people and the president that has put his trust in you all, and note that there are many challenges. Try hard to change them into successes.”

He added: “Dr. Bendu, I had known you to be a patriot and a hard working woman that is ready to transform the country in whatever position you are entrusted to serve. I have no hesitation that you will do more as you have always done. Make sure to bring any policy that will help bring better ideas to the Maritime Administrations.”

Hon. Abdul Latif Sesay, aslo of the main opposition All People’s Congress, commended President Bio for nominating young people and the aged that have experience to deliver adequately and efficiently.

He called on the nominees going to serve at the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority to work hard and be professional in carrying out their functions, adding that Maforki Chiefdom is hosting the Bagasoka hydro dam, which is currently faulty. He called on them to address the issue with immediate effect and that long queues for EDSA metre recharge should be addressed with immediate effect.

Leader of the National Coalition for Change, Hon. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, said the nominees need to make their mark and not break the development trajectory of the country, but rather build and add value to the development of the nation.

He said the country needs change and that institutions they were about to occupy are crucial for government, hence they should deliver as expected by the people.

He urged Dr. Bendu to make sure that the country has good boats that are registered and safer for the people of the country and review the cost of registration of boats.