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Lands Ministry lacks resources, logistics

August 5, 2019

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

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Israel Bunduka Konewa Jigba in the witness box of the Commission of Inquiry

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and the Environment, Israel Bunduka Konewa Jigba, has appealed for the government to allocate more resources to his ministry, which he said lacks resources and logistics to effectively run it daily  affairs.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal through the Commission that that the Ministry of Lands, Housing and the Environment is faced with lot of challenges. We have very limited resources and logistics to run the ministry and as I am speaking now we don’t have vehicles at the ministry,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary made the appeal last week Thursday, 1st August, while testifying before the Commission of Injury Presided over by Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill.

He was asked by State Counsel, Robin O. Manson, to highlight some of the challenges in the ministry.

He said the ministry generates lot of funds for the government, but that they receive minute resources in return, adding that even the limited resources allocated to the ministry were difficult to access.

He told the Commission that the major mandate of the ministry is to manage and administer state land, noting that the three main sources of their revenue includes survey bills, sales of state lands and others.

 He said all those funds are paid directly into the Consolidated Revenue Fund and while the ministry keeps record of those payments for future use.

The Permanent Secretary was summoned by the Commission to testify on the sales of twenty two government quarters to prominent Sierra Leoneans including Barba B. Fortune, Secretary to the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Justice Abdulai Charm former Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Justice Kekura Bangura, Dennis K. Vandi, former Secretary to the current president for three months and others.

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