July 20, 2018
By Jariatu S. Bangura
Members of the Appointment and Public Service Committee yesterday approved the newly appointed Director-General of the Petroleum Directorate, Timothy Musa Kabba, and six others appointees to various Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
The other nominees include: Madam Martha Consilla Kanagbo – Chairperson Sierra Leone National Insurance Company; Madam Tuma Adama Jabbie – Chairperson, Board of Directors, National Revenue Authority; Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi – Director General, National Civil Registration Commission, Kalilu O. Bah – Chairman, Public Service Commission; and Hon. Manso Abu Dumbuya -Chairman Sierra Leone Port Authority.
Timothy Kabba is an oil and gas professional with strong educational background in oil and gas engineering, leadership management and strategy, combined with verifiable success in oil and gas exploration and drilling, oil fill reserve development, oil production and reservoir optimization, logistics and supplying chain management, oil and gas material cost tracking, standard cost analysis and management of exception, local content cooperative, socially and environmental impact management.
He also possesses intellect in planning, budgeting, engineering and managing oil and gas operations. He is currently serving as the project management consultant for Total E & PC LTD abroad.
Responding to the committee in his interview session, Timothy Kabba told members that: “I must say I am pretty much aware of the challenges that surround this particular industry that His Excellency has nominated me for, but I will draw on my experience to solve some of those problems.”
He noted that he was one of the engineers that participated in the pre-planning process of a discovery that was made in the country in 2013 in oil and gas.
In his contribution, Minority Whip, Hon. Hassan A. Sesay, said young people should be given the opportunity to showcase their ideas and grow.
“Mr. Kabba cuts across all tribes, hence he can work with all manner of people within the oil and gas industry. You should know that you are now in Sierra Leone, compared to where you have been in the States. Make sure you make young people proud,” he said.
Director-General of the Sierra Leone National Civil Authority, Mohamed M. Massaquoi, also told members during his interview that his strategy would be to ensure that the authority succeeds in achieving the goal for which it was established.
He added that he was very much prepared to meet the expectation of the job and that he would not disappoint the public.
He stated that with regards anomalies in issuing identification cards, he would imagine that procedurally after registration is done, exhibition follows in order to ensure that people have credible data.
He maintained he would make sure amendments are made to enable the authority produce a register that would be credible and acceptable to all Sierra Leoneans.
Hon. Sesay urged David Panda Noah, Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, to deal with traffic congestion and ‘reckless’ driving by unlicensed drivers who cause accidents without being traced.
He also urged the nominee going to the National Civil Registration, Mohamed Massaquoi, to be nationalistic.
On his part, Parliamentary Leader of the Coalition for Change (C4C), Hon. Saa Emmerson Lamina, said the country needs energetic, effective and efficient individuals in its development drive, hence the nominees should make sure they serve their institutions properly as expected.
He advised the Chairman of Public Service Commission to do well in addressing issues affecting civil servants who are working in rural areas.