Sierra Leone Road Transport GM Briefs Diaspora
A former Diasporan, now General Manager of the Sierra Leone Road Transport (SLRTC) Mr. Bockarie Lewis-Kamara (in photo), has briefed his former colleagues in the Diaspora about his successes since he took over as GM and Chief Executive Officer of SLRTC, three years ago.
Speaking at the homecoming reception held recently at State House, organized by the Office of Diaspora Affairs, M. Lewis-Kamara based his statement on capacity building.
He defined capacity building as the ability and power competence to do something positive.
He said that one cannot achieve this without good character.
He recalled how he left his cosy job at Transport for London (TfL) and would not make any attempt to pretend that in his capacity as a returnee GM of SLRTC he faced tests, trials and tribulations.
The SLRTC boss noted that human character is tested by trial and tribulation, so he urged the Diaspora that if they can come through the snow, the rain, and the sleet, then you can do it in Sierra Leone to help bring positive development .
He told his audience that he inherited a corporation that is going through positive changes. In 2009 he met 30 Ghadafi donated buses with no spare parts, no manuals and lack of competent maintenance but today he was happy to report that there are at least 60 buses that are operational nationwide. He said today SLRTC has a tow vehicle, its own fork lift, has a mini-bus terminal at Shell Kissy and a mini-bus terminal in Bo.
He said the Wallace Johnson Street Central Bus Station, which was very notorious for theft and other related vices is now relatively free of theft and obstruction from hustlers.
Another returnee businessman, Alhaji Umar Jalloh, the proprietor of Hill Valley Hotel at Signal Hill, said he is forced to construct a science school that will house 1,300 students. This he said was because most of the qualified jobs in the mining companies are done by foreigners,” therefore this proposed school will clos the gap so that Sierra Leoneans will benefit from their God given natural resources.,” he added.
The president, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma thanked the Diaspora for the positive contributions they are making to their relatives, friends and the country. He assured them that his second and final term of his presidency will be on the issue of lawlessness and indiscipline.
The Acting Director of the Office of the Diaspora, Mr. Musa Khalil Conteh said two Diasporans are now Members of Parliament, namely, Hon. Show-Sawyer of Constituency 108 and Hon. Isatu Kabia of Port Loko.
The ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Alpha Kanu.
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