June 12, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
In a bid to motivate the private sector to contribute to development in Sierra Leone, Journalists for Credibility and Professionalism last week certified Sea Coach, a company that provides shuttle boat services from Freetown to Lungi international airport.
Executive Director of the group, Festus J. Margai, said the role of journalists was not only limited to informing the public, but to give moral support to deserving institutions. He said journalists should also give accolade to institutions that have contributed to the country’s economy, and that Sea Coach was one of many organizations that have contributed immensely to boosting the economy of the country.
Margai noted that it was not the first time his institution was certifying people and organizations for their good work in the society. He said in the recent past they have certified five institutions for their contribution to development.
“As journalists let’s learn to give credence to organizations that deserve it. It is not good to bash institutions at all times,” he said, adding that Sea Coach has done well in providing sea transportation to people at affordable prices.
“They have contributed immensely to the socio-economic growth of Sierra Leone and we award them today as the best sea transportation company,” he added.
Receiving the award, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Coach, Olusengun Bachirou Jaji, said he was elated to receive the price and expressed his appreciation to the group.
He noted that since they started operations in Sierra Leone in 2009 the company has not been involved in any sea tragedy. He disclosed that the company has a staff strength of about 150 and that there were plans to improve on their operations.