October 9, 2017 By Jariatu S. Bangura
Members of parliament on Thursday October 5, 2017, approved two presidential nominees to serve as Managing Director of the Guma Valley Water Company and Chairman of Local Government Service Commission respectively.
Bankol Mansaray and John Bosco Kuyateh were approved after thorough screening by the Committee on Appointment and the Public Service.
Presenting the nominees for approval, Deputy Majority Leader, who doubles as Deputy Chairman of the Appointment Committee and the Public service, Hon. Hassan Sheriff, said the nominees were interviewed based on their past performance, asset declaration, tax obligations, educational background and what they intend to do in their new offices.
In his contribution, Hon. Komba E. Koedoyoma of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) stated that the nominees have the required qualities to perform as expected by Sierra Leoneans.
He urged them to perform well in their respective offices, while he specifically urged the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission; John Bosco Kuyateh, to make sure that the transfer of staff from one council to the other should be of paramount concern, because on many occasions, those transferred refuse to leave any document for their predecessor.
Chairman of Water Resources Committee, Hon. Sualiho M. Koroma, commended the committee members for scrutinizing the two nominees and also praised the new Guma Valley Managing Director; Bankole Mansaray for his outstanding performance during his tenure as General Manager of the company.
“It is my fervent hope that the nominees will perform to the expectations of the public. MDAs owe huge debt to Guma for services provided since 2013 to date,” he said.
He noted that even though parliament wanted the new head of Guma Valley to perform, there was urgent need to fix issues affecting the smooth operation of the company.
Acting Minority Leader, Hon. Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai, said the two nominees are qualified for the positions,but urged them to perform as expected.
Sometime this year, Parliament enacted the Guma Act of 2017 that changes the nomenclature of the head from General Manager to Managing Director.