Sierra Leone Lands Minister raises over Le 4 Billion
The Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Hon. Musa Tarawally (in photo), has made history by successfully generating the highest recorded amount of money that Ministry has ever made as fees levied on people for various activities and services provided by his Ministry in less than one year.
The success of Hon. Musa Tarawally in generating the unprecedented fund for government, according to our source, could be attributed to his charismatic leadership, capacitating the staff of his Ministry and his zero tolerance to corruption which had been the bane of that Ministry.
Many of the Lands Ministry officials this paper interviewed spoke of Musa Tarawally’s remarkable achievement in less than one year.
They described him as an assiduous and resilient Sierra Leonean who believes that any problem should have a solution.
They also described him as a result-oriented man, adding that if Sierra Leone should develop to higher heights, the country should have more Ministers of his caliber. An official of the Ministry described him as a man with a sense of pride and a visionary who has performed exemplarily in all the Ministries he has served as political head. The official said the Minister is a determined personality who believes in probity, uprightness and hard work, while commending his efforts in raising such unprecedented revenue for government.
Another official of the Ministry opined that many people mistake Hon, Musa Tarawally for a very difficult person but said he is the most suitable political head he has ever worked with in the Lands Ministry. He described the Minister as patient and innovative, ready to listen and to seek advice from others.
“Raising such colossal revenue for government indicates good performance and team work,” the official said, adding that if other Ministries could emulate the Lands Ministries by mobilizing such resources domestically, government would be in a better position to embark on more development programmes to move the country forward. In an exclusive interview with Hon. Musa Tarawally, he has this to say: “The only way we can be sustainable as a nation is to change our attitudes and increase our revenue generation drive to make us less dependent on grants.” He said he believes that building team spirit and establishing conducive working atmosphere will enable workers to give their best at work in order to produce the required results.
He maintained that he would provide tenacious and focused leadership towards the establishment of an appropriate system and procedures for the proper management and administration of land use. He disclosed that he was committed to developing a biometric registration of land to satisfy ownership claim and security of ownership to make land a financial instrument for economic activities.
The Minister added that the project would also establish a platform for government to generate millions of Dollars yearly.
He also revealed plans he has put in place for the decentralization of land system so that the rural areas would find it less cumbersome in case of legalizing ownership of land.
The Minister further disclosed that his Ministry was in the process of undertaking a geospatial survey in partnership with multilateral companies to identify and demarcate our natural resource capacity for the provision of a development plan.
He disclosed that the survey would collect data on the water sources for hydro distribution and irrigation purposes, forest reserves for environmental, economic and tourist development, mining deposits for mineral activities and topographic survey for infrastructural and city development.
“The geospatial survey will provide for government and potential investors information for proper decisions on national development planning for investment purposes,” Hon. Tarawally noted. He vowed that in his tenacity to take the Ministry to higher height, only the sky is his limit.
By Abdul Hassan Fackie
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