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BACKGROUND

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation is responsible for ensuring safe and reliable transport systems in Sierra Leone. The Ministry exercises authority over the three main modes of transportation Road, Marine and Air transportation.

While all these modes are regulated by statutory bodies, the Ministry maintains oversight over policy development and implementation over the various autonomous and semi-autonomous parastatals established in the Transport Sector namely:

    Aviation/Air

    Sierra Leone Airports Authority (SLAA)     

    Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA)

    Sea/Marine

    Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA)

    Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA)

    Sierra Leone National Shipping Company (SLNSC)

    Road/Land

    Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA)

    Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC)

VISION

The transport Ministry seeks to promote the well being of quality transport and effective road networks. The transport Ministry also ensures that people have access to well functioning safe and reasonable priced transportation system.


MISSION

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation’s mission is to develop policies and provide policy guidelines for delivery of safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable Maritime, Land transportation and aviation systems throughout Sierra Leone.


MANDATE

  • Creates an integrated and safe transportation network that incorporates all modes of transportation that reflect regional priorities, and provides a strong foundation for economic growth.
  • Maintain and improve the provincial highway system by ensuring safe, affordable and efficient movement of people and goods provincially, nationally and internationally.

EQUITY

  • The Ministry values its stakeholders in the transport business (private and public). The Ministry is open and promote equality and listens to the opinions of everyone involved in the transport sector. The Ministry follows the rules that have been commonly agreed upon.

COURAGE

  • The Ministry is the pioneer of the transportation sector and dare to distance its self from the old. The Ministry does not invade responsibility and always plan for the future.

COORPORATION

  • The Ministry works on issues that are common to everybody and takes initiative in exchanging information openly and in good time. The Ministry holds stakeholders in the transport business activities in high esteem and listens to all transport stakeholders and provides them the opportunity to impact society.

POLICY OBJECTIVES

  • Ensure safe and smooth everyday travel and maintain competitiveness in the  transport sectors
  • To achieve a transport system that supports and assists long-term economic growth and improves the economic and social well-being.
  • Ensure the development of the transport system in light of the realities of the global economy and the national fiscal situations.
  • Deliver the public transport investment programmes in line with the policy set down.
  • Enhance the achievement in providing a policy framework, regulation and implementation models.
  • Enhancing transport safety in coordination with key stakeholders.
  • Development and implementation of programmes for the development of maritime and inland waterway transport.
  • Enhance the provision of inland ferry services on the Provinces Rivers and lakes.

STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

The transport sector consists of three modes, namely, road, maritime and air transportation. All of these modes are being regulated by statutory bodies whilst the Ministry handles policy matters for the effective execution of the mandate of the under-mentioned parastatals and departments supervised by the Ministry.

  • Ensure safe and smooth everyday travel and maintain competitiveness in the  transport sectors
  • Sierra Leone Ports Authority
  • Sierra Leone Maritime Administration
  • Sierra Leone Airports Authority
  • Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority
  • Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority
  • Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation
  • Sierra Leone National Shipping Company
  • Meteorological Department
  • Airport Transfer Unit (ATU)
  • Freetown International Airport Project-Mamamah ( FIAP)
  • Transport Infrastructure Development Unit (TIDU)

The overall goal of the Ministry is to increase access through the provision of transport services and connecting rural farming population and urban poor to market centers and to provide social and economic services through, efficient, affordable and sustainable transport systems through the effective coordination of the above mentioned implementing agencies resonated by policy directives and effective monitoring of the activities of these agencies.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE MINISTRY UNDER THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION

Under the current leadership of the Ministry, the following significant gains have been achieved:

Ø  Established a National Fleet Management Policy

a.    The transition of power from the former administration to the New Direction Government exposed looting of Government vehicles by senior Government officials and former Ministers. Upon assumption of office, the leadership of the Ministry noticed that procurement, management, and disposal of vehicles across Government was unsystematic and was uncoordinated. This led us to develop a National Vehicle Fleet Policy (NVFP) for use across Government. The Policy geared towards controlling the cost of procurement, management, and disposal of all Government Vehicles across MDAs.

 

Ø  Rolled out a vehicle loan scheme to public workers

a.    Within the ambit of the NVFP, the ministry has successfully rolled out a vehicle loan scheme to all qualified public employees with the objective of subsequently achieving a zero-fleet policy. This policy, over five years will save government USD 120 000 000.00 in vehicle procurement costs, and USD 175 000 000 in vehicle maintenance costs.

 

Ø  Secured funding for the transformation of the Urban transit system in Freetown

a.    Secured a US$50 Million grant from the World Bank to support the modernization of the public transport through the Sierra Leone Integrated and Resilient Urban Mobility Project (SLIRUMP). This followed the creation of a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) Within the Ministry to ensure the proper management and implementation of the Project.

 

The IRUM Project will deliver a coordinated and modernized Public Transport interventions across selected corridors with visible deliverables as follows:

a)    Market and Transit Terminal at the West and East End of Freetown. (i.e., one at Lumley and one at Approved School - Wellington. To date, designs for both the terminal and market for the West Corridor have been completed and approved by the World Bank. Procurement processes leading to the award of contract and Social and Environmental Safeguards matters are all at an advanced level of implementation.

b)   Roads Improvement Works across the corridors of Lumley, Wilberforce, Congo Cross, Aberdeen Road, Murray Town Junction and Ferry Junction Intersections, to ensure the free flow of traffic across these corridors. We have so far signed the contract and handed the site over to the Contractor. Work is ongoing at Congo Cross and other project locations

c)    Eight (8) Pedestrian Overpasses at selected locations in Freetown. Phase I will construct four (4) as follows:

Two at the East-end of Freetown: (Shell and Jui)

Two at the West-end of Freetown: (Wilberforce and Lumley). To date, the designs are ready and procurement processes leading to the award of contract is far advanced.

 

Ø  Successfully procured needed vehicles for government services

a.    50 school buses which have been handed over to the various Local Councils across the country:  The procurement of these 50 school buses is to support the President’s vision for Free Quality Education in Sierra Leone.

b.   Successfully procured and delivered 30 vehicles and 100 motorbikes for operations of NACOVERC to help in the fight against COVID 19.

c.    Successfully procured vehicles for the following offices to enhance operational efficiency.

·         Office of the President

·         Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers

·         Senior Government Functionaries such as (The Leadership of the Anti-Corruption Commission, The Leadership of the House of Parliament)  

 

Ø  Established a technical wing at the ministry of Transport for the first time ever to enhance service delivery.

a.    Transformed the Policy, Planning and Project Unit of the Ministry to a Professional wing: The transformation in the Ministry is geared towards quality service delivery in the transport sector by providing technical support to the Ministry on coordination and monitoring performance of all Parastatals under the Ministry.

 

Ø  Established a workflow process geared towards synchronising the activities of the agencies that are within purview of the Ministry.

 

o   The MTA has created a coordinated workflow process that supports deliverables within the institutions, in line with the Medium-Term National Development Plan and the New Direction manifesto. By the close of 2020, the convergence of professionals from the different agencies in the transport sector for policy discussions were requested to send in their work plans for 2021. Each sub-sector presented a work plan in a guided framework to ensure a rigorously monitoring mechanism to achieve their deliverables.


ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE AVIATION SUB-SECTOR

The achievements for the period 2018 to date of the Sierra Leone Airport Authority and Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority include but not limited to the following:

Ø  Attained 24-hour electricity supply at the airport

o   the Sierra Leone Airport Authority, through the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, procured a 1.1 megawatts generator set to complement the EDSA power generation potential.

 

Ø  Improved fire safety measures at the airport from fire category 7 to 8

o   through the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, the Sierra Leone       Airport Authority procured a 6x6 Panther fire engine that is dependent on standards set by ICAO and was verified and validated by the SLCAA in 2019.

 

Ø  Achieved adequate parking facility at the airport.

o   The Authority has implemented Automated Carpark facility at the airport.

Ø  Introduced a new source of revenue for the airport.

o   The automated car park operates as a paid parking system that has raised four hundred and five million eight hundred and ninety-five thousand leones (Le 405,895,000) since its inception in 2018.

 

Ø  Improved security at the airport from an ICAO rating of 63.4% to 71.6.

o   This current rating is far above the African/ Indian regional average of 55%.

o   The West Minster Aviation Security, in collaboration with the SLAA, has installed an Explosive Trace Detection

o   a sanitizing tunnel has been installed to forestall the spread of the coronavirus disease.

 

Ø  Secured private funding to transform the airport into a modern airport.

o    the Ministry, through the SLAA, in collaboration with the OPII, signed a contract with Suma Group of Company and has handed over the site for a new terminal and related facilities to include runway rehabilitation and expansion of the parking facility of the Airport.

 

Ø  Improved the connectivity of Freetown to the outside world

o    Succeeded in bringing two additional liner air carriers to Sierra Leone. Air Cote d’Ivoire and Trans Air started routine calls to the airport on September 23rd, 2020 and 13th March 2021, respectively.

 

Ø  Achieved international aviation standards

o   The SLCAA Act of 2017 was reviewed and amended to fulfil the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to conform and align with international best practices. 

 

Ø  Human Capital Development achievement.

o   Sierra Leone can now boast of the first female Aerodrome Engineer and a qualified Aircraft Engineer, respectively. She was certified in September 2018 by Singapore Aviation Academy as an Aerodrome engineer, whilst the first-ever Aircraft Engineer was certified in December 2018 by Ethiopian Aviation Academy. 

 

Ø  Safety and Security being an oversight function of the CAA, we have procured two surveillance vehicles to enhance the surveillance capacity of the SLCAA.

 

Ø  Signed 26 bilateral agreements that has improved security at the airport.

 

o   As to date, the security rating has increased from 63.4% to 71.6%, which is far above the African/ Indian above the regional average and slightly below the global average of 75%.

 

Ø  Established an accident investigation unit

o   Another major achievement is establishing the Accident Investigation Group (AIG) for the first time in Sierra Leone under the New Direction administration which will investigate Aircraft accidents and incidents. 


ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE MARINE SUB-SECTOR

In a bid to revive the Maritime Industry across the country, the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration, Sierra Leone Ports Authority and Sierra Leone National Shipping Company has engaged in the following:

 

 

Ø  Created job opportunities  

o   The Administration has signed an agreement that will see over 400+ Sierra Leonean Seafarers On-Board Sierra Leonean flag vessels.

 

Ø  Increased capacity for search and rescue missions in Sierra Leone waters

o   the Administration has also secured Five (5) Zodiac Search and Rescue Boats to serve the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration.

o   The Search and Rescue Operations with a modernised State of the Art Radio Communication system will cover the entire country's terminal stations, including coverage on the Search and Rescue Boats.

o   Several other items, including Life jackets, Hard Hats, Safety Boots, Overalls etc., have also been secured for distribution nationwide to all our staff and passengers travelling the Sierra Leone Waters.

 

Ø  First Search and Rescue Centre and Regional Headquarter in Bonthe established.

 

Ø  The Administration has secured funding for the rehabilitation and operation of the Cape Sierra Lighthouse, which will serve as an Aid to Navigation for ships and maritime security.

 

Ø  Improved safety at Targrin terminal

o   The Authority undertook improvement works on the Targrin Ferry terminal waiting hall to meet customer needs;

 

Ø  The Authority has also succeeded in developing a Port Security Plan to aid management on the port facility's security.

o   The Port Security Plan has been endorsed by the SLMA and successfully implemented recommendations from the visiting US Coast guards as compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. Sierra Leone is now a whitelisted port. 

 

Ø  Erected a new berth, length 275 meters, at the Freetown port

o   the SLPA completed the erection of a new multi-purpose berth (275 metres long and 13 metres in draft), thereby accommodating more and larger vessels, cargo throughout and reducing turnaround time.

 

Ø  Introduced a twenty-four (24) hour pilotage.

 

Ø  The Authority has also succeeded in developing a cargo tracking mechanism from the port of loading to the port of discharge, which has increased customer's confidence and enhanced efficient and effective cargo handling by the port.

 

Ø  improved customer confidence and the Authority's corporate image

o   The Authority refined the customer care desk to address customer complaints/needs

 

Ø  Formed partnerships chattering companies

o   To operationalize the Sierra Leone National Carrier's Act 2012, the Management of the SLNSC has signed Partnership Agreements with different Vessel Chartering Companies to commence chartering vessels for Kingho Investment Company Limited on behalf of SLNSC.

 

Ø  Created an operational manual

o   To enhance service delivery, the SLNSC formulated the Commercial Operations Manual to eliminate leakages in operations.

 

Ø  Increased the number of customers from 17 to 31

o   The SLNSC, in collaboration with the MTA, embarked on increased marketing activities (advertising and business promotion), which has now restored the corporate image of the company and is increasing the percentage of customers in the private sector.  

 

Ø  Reduced clearing lead times from 30 days to 14 days.

o   The SLNSC collaborated with the MTA, MoF, NCP, SLPA, NRA and other third-party service providers to streamline processes.

 

Ø  Became member of the Baltic International Maritime Council

o   The Sierra Leone National Shipping Company is now a registered member of the Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO), which aids in promoting human capital development within the organization.

 

Ø  The company is self-sufficient for once

o   The company's management ensured control of the cash flow to meet its operating expenses without reverting to the government to pay staff emoluments. 


ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ROAD SUB-SECTOR

As one of the social service providers to drive the national agenda, the central Government has provided various supports to the road sector to ameliorate its challenges over the years. Hence, the achievements of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority and Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation from 2018 to date are as follows:

 

Ø  Decentralized operations, reaching more Sierra Leoneans

o   The Authority has implemented the various outstations' electronic interconnectivity across the country to interlink and decentralise its operations.

 

Ø  Re-established a toll-free call centre

o   The Authority has also re-activated the Emergency Toll-Free 244 Call Centre to respond to road safety incidents and situations promptly. 

 

Ø  Simplified fines collection

o   The Authority currently operates an Orange Money Platform to facilitate the payment of traffic offences fines by defaulters after the Commercial Banks' closure, where offenders must make these payments. There is also a Bulk SMS system where relevant information is communicated to customers regarding their application status and notifying them when the application has been processed.

 

 

 

Ø  Improved vehicle traceability

o   The Authority has also developed an App that enables the Road Safety Corps to identify vehicles that have been issued traffic offence tickets.

o   Introduced digitized and securitized life card system that will help traffic control personnel to easily identify vehicles.

 

Ø  Improved traffic education for road users

o   The Public Relations Unit maintained its outreach media activities to the public to increase the knowledge base of road users about the proper use of the roads and the road's language.

o   For the first time, the Authority has also ensured the popularisation of SLRSA Traffic education which aids drivers in understanding the road signs before undertaking a driver training test.

o   The Authority has enhanced information management on road safety matters by popularising the passenger manifest, ensuring all inter-city transport vehicles now have passengers' full details.

 

Ø  The Authority has introduced and launched the digital vehicle record card and electronic fitness.

 

Ø  Digitized service delivery process

o   The Authority has also installed an electronic Vehicle Number Plate Ordering System, which facilitates the ICT issuance of license number plates to vehicles, which has curbed the illegal printing of vehicle number plates.

 

Ø  Improve revenue collection by 15%

o   The Agency introduced categorization of vehicles based on cubic capacities and assessed registration fees based on these categories as opposed to a single fee on very broad categories of vehicles.

o   Introduced a new revenue stream: Lost life card

 

Ø  Established a first in the country all automobile school

o   This initiative is geared toward achieving the New Direction goal of building the human capital of the country. The agency has established a fully functioning, to be commissioned on June 1 2021, and an associated garage, an automobile school to train and certify automobile mechanics and repair personnel.

 

 

 

 

 

Ø  Introduced a new product: Haulage

o   In complimenting the President's New Direction Vision on diversification, the SLRTC has put plans in place to expand its operations by entering haulage transport services in the immediate term. A well-planned partnership structure with Ministries and other Organizations in the transportation of educational materials, condiments and food items for the school feeding programme, drugs, bauxites, aluminium, etc., to designated locations, has been developed benefit of the concern institutions and for the country in general.

 

Ø  New bus terminals

o   The Management, through the MTA, has acquired landed properties in Kenema, Bo, No. 2 River, Masiaka, Clay Factory, Rogbere and at Moyamba Junction for the constructions of bus stations, bus depots at stop-over areas. Plans are underway to acquire land in Makeni and Waterloo for the same purpose.

 

Ø  Compliments basic and middle education transport system

o   SLRTC actively complements the school bus service by providing parking space, spare parts storage facility, and monitoring the buses for successful operation, specifically in the Freetown municipality.

 

 


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