MPs inspect US$34M investment at Freetown Terminal


February 10, 2015  By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Members of the Committees on Transport and Aviation, Environment and that of Labour in the House of Parliament Friday (February 6) went on an assessment visit of facilities at Freetown Terminal Limited, a subsidiary of Bollore Africa Logistics.

The US$34 million investment by the French Company at the Container Terminal has injected fresh life into operations at the port.

The high-powered visit by legislators sent positive messages about development at the container terminal which over the years was reportedly considered the least ports in Africa.

During the visit, MPs were briefed about the operations of the company by General Manager Marc Gerard, who explained to them development that has taken place at the terminal in recent months.

He said they have invested huge amount of funds in giving the terminal a facelift, in order to meet international standards, and threw light on the current status of operations at the quay, amid the Ebola outbreak.

He informed the visiting lawmakers about equipment and machineries amounting to millions of dollars the company had procured in a bid to enhance efficiency.

Gerard also spoke about assistance the company had rendered to host communities as part of their corporate social responsibility, especially in 2014, as part of support to the end the Ebola outbreak.

The lawmakers commended the French company after having listened attentively to a power point presentation by the general manger, which highlighted the current status of the terminal.

Chairman of Transport and Aviation Committee, Hon. Alpha Babatunde Lewally of Constituency 104, expressed delight about achievements by the company and improvement they have done at the container terminal.

He assured the company of their continued support, as they bid to transform the terminal into one of the best in the world.