November 20, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) has continued to decentralise their operations by establishing new offices in Lunsar and Magburaka in the Port Loko and Tonkolili districts respectively.
The establishment of two new offices was part of SLRSA’s rebranding process, pioneered by Executive Director Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu.
The commissioning of the newly established facilities was witnessed by the military, police, traditional rulers, members of the District Health Management Team (DHMT), lawmakers and councilors.
Speaking on behalf of Paramount Chief of Marampa Chiefdom at Lunsar, Chief Kapri Muntha Kamara said the move to establish an office in Lunsar was highly welcomed.
“Our people in this part of the country were finding it very difficult to license their vehicles and motorbikes. We have long been yearning for this opportunity because our people used to travel from here to SLRSA’s offices in Makeni or Freetown to obtain licences,” he said, while thanking SLRSA’s Board for choosing Lunsar.
Director of Licence, Sangba Ibrahim Sangba, said two years ago Executive Director Dr. Sarah F. Bendu, with support from the Board, embarked on massive decentralisation.
“After thorough research and engagement with key stakeholders, SLRSA’s management decided to bring the services and products of the authority to the doorstep of its valued customers,” he said.
He said accessibility and affordability are their core values as a service provider and a law enforcement agency, urging residents of both Lunsar and Magburaka to make good use of the facilities.
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Representing the Local Unit Commander (LUC) of Lunsar Police Division, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel S. Kargbo opined that the establishment of SLRSA offices in Lunsar and Magburaka would discourage the use of unregistered and unlicenced vehicles and motorbikes in those areas.
He said the police have always been working in close collaboration with the Road Safety Corps of SLRSA in restoring sanity on the roads.
Dr. Sarah Bendu, in her keynote address, noted that decentralisation of SLRSA’s operations was borne out of her passion to rebrand the institution.
“We want our services and products to be accessible and affordable to our customers. SLRSA listens to the cry of its customers,” she said
Dr. Bendu expressed disappointment over the proliferation of unlicenced and unregistered vehicles and motorbikes in provincial towns, saying that such ugly development was one of their challenges.
“SLRSA can only succeed in achieving its mandate of licensing and registering unlicenced and unregistered vehicles with the support of all of us. I urge all of you to make use of the newly established facilities,” he said.