By Jariatu S Bangura
Members of the Appointment and the Public Service on Friday approved Shiek Siddy Sowa as Commissioner General, National Land Commission and four others to serve as Board Chairmen and Executive Directors in different institutions.
The other nominees include: Dr. Philip Pessima Munya as Board Chairman at National Land Commission, Lunyaga N. Kaiwa as Board Chairman, Audit Service Board, Dehunge Siaka as Executive Director, National Task Force for Human Trafficking Secretariat, Prince Fomba Goba as Chairman at the Anti- Corruption Commission Advisory Board.
Hon. Bashiru Silikie admonished the nominees to help the President achieve the successes, adding that their performance in their various offices will be part of their scorecards that President Bio will be giving out at the end of his five years in office.
He said nominees should give MPs the utmost respect they deserve after approval.
He described the Commissioner General to continue the work he had done at the Pujehun District Council and also make the new land’s commission corruption -free.
He said he should try his best to protect the reserve lands in the highways, adding that the country has been battling with climate change.
He said human trafficking has been a very serious challenge as people are being taken out of the country to abuse their rights, thus he should work with concerned authorities to put stringent penalties in place.
Hon. Quinton Salia-Komneh commended the Ministry of Lands for creating a Commission geared towards addressing the numerous challenges encountered in the land sector.
He said the with current issues in administering land to various people for the same parcel of land, the nominee is the right person fit to be in the commission based on his past experiences in the sector.
Hon. Hassan Sesay said the Commissioner General have passion for land issues for the longest time and considering it a new Commission he will handle the issues and delivers as expected.
He also urged the nominees to work hard for the benefits of the country and not just for a particular group of people.