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SLPA and Bollore deny media reports

SLPA and Bollore deny media reports

In an effort to clarify what they describe as baseless and unfounded allegations of missing containers and vehicles at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay published in some sections of the local media on Tuesday, October 1 this year, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA), Mr. Abu Bakarr Bangura, has said that he takes great exception to the said article.

Addressing Journalists at a press conference at the conference room of the SLPA, on Tuesday, October 2 this year, Mr. Bangura said as Landlord to all companies operating in the ports, it was his duty to protect their interests and defend

He said the article in question was very untrue as no container or vehicle ready for auction has gone missing, but that all the said containers and vehicles are intact and can be viewed for further clarification.

He said that the allegation that 66 containers and 7 vehicles have been stolen at the quay was not correct, maintaining that the number of containers in question is 54 out of which 3 are yet to be accounted for.

He stressed that in no time does a single container leave the quay without him appending his signature on its documents.

He assured Sierra Leoneans that the containers and vehicles in question are safe in the custody of the SLPA as required by law until all the necessary documentations are met.

Below are two joint self-explanatory press releases issued at the end of the press conference:

By John Mansaray

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