7 complaints for unlawful termination at SLPA
Emmanuel Sandy and six others (all former workers of the Sierra Leone Port Authority), once attached to the security division, on November 19th 2008 wrote a letter of complaint to office of the Ombudsman for unlawful termination of their service.
Contents, as in letter of complaint pointed out that on the 17th November 2008; Jeffery Moijueh who happened to be among persons whose services were terminated at the Sierra Leone Port Authority was observed to have been reinstated while the rest left unattended to.
“That owing to the degree of injustices displayed by management of SLPA, all (terminated persons) decided to formerly reach the office of the Ombudsman to respectfully request their immediate intervention,” Emmanuel Sandy said.
Indisputable fact as in letter written to SLPA management by office of the Ombudsman states however that on 27th November 2008, General Manager was informed of a complaint made against him by former SLPA security officers (7 in number).
A copy of the letter of complaint alongside relevant document was attached with the letter for the attention of the general manager, a source said.
After months of waiting and no reply, the office of the ombudsman again wrote another letter to the SLPA General Manager, Benjamin Davies, notifying him of the attention the complaint is receiving thus reminding him of how anxious the complainants are.
Consequent to the General Manager’s failures replying to letters forwarded him by the office of the Ombudsman, it was left with option but sent strongly worded letter cautioning management of SLPA that their continued silence in the matter is causing the office of the ombudsman serious embarrassment.
It’s reportedly told that the complaints have reached office of National Commission for Privatization, and together (Ombudsman and NCP) are working to see that the issue of the alleged unlawful termination put to rest.
Even though management of SLPA promised reviewing issues raised and will later consult with the Ministry of Transport and Aviation on which action to take regarding the recommendations proposed in the letter from the ombudsman, they’ve still not come up with any answer at all.
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