September 7, 2018
By Binta Njie Jatta
Deputy Minister of Works and Government Assets, Melrose Kargbo,has yesterday told newsmen at the weekly Ministry of Information and Communications press briefing that, ‘illegal’ occupants of government quarters would soon be evicted to ensure that the rightful people occupied the facilities.
The Deputy Minister said the action to soon evict the said occupants was necessitated by the recommendations made in the Governance Transition Team report about the sales of government quarters under the Ernest Bai Koroma regime.
“According to the first snap shot report, some of the Government quarters were sold or leased and most of the deals occurred between the periods of November of 2017 to March, 2018,”she said.
She expressed her disappointment in the dilapidated state of most of the Government quarters particularly those housing civil servants.
Stressing on ‘poor maintenance culture of Sierra Leoneans’, resulting to the misuse of government assets as long as they did not belong to them, madam Kargbo said the country has been and still faced with the said challenge, thus calling everyone to desist from practising such culture.
“We are going to be custodians of our properties.
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The generations coming after us shouldn’t have to start all over’ because the development and maintenance of Government assets do not only bring development but also attract investors,” she noted.
According to the deputy minister, verification modalities have been put in place to identify and remove illegal dwellers in government quarters and that the ministry will develop a template that would explain the method of occupation.
She said the document will explain when someone was employed, the ministry he or she works, and whether the employee is on contract or staff, time of retirement, and NASSIT number, among others.
“Another template that looks at the status of the quarters will also be developed. All of these will be used to identify and remove the illegal dwellers in Government Quarters,” she said.