Sierra Leone Conscious Times Newspaper has recognized the outstanding contributions of the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Dr. Abdulai Fofana in the process of developing the country. The award, according to Conscious Times awards committee, Dr. Fofana was among the few selectees of the award after thorough research on the contributions of heads of MDAs in the development processes of President Bio’s New Direction agenda.
The award citation among other things recounted on the gains made by the Fofana and Bio- Led management in the areas of fiscal discipline, cooperate image branding, maritime security and safety, improved vessel turnaround time, decongestion of the port, confidence restoration and building, effective management of service deliveries and the fight against coronavirus epidemic.
Dr. Fofana while receiving the award said his management gains were as a result of discipline and teamwork and assured all of fulfilling President Bio agenda in transforming the Sierra Leone Ports Authority making it a transhipment hub in the sub-region. While receiving the award, he paid glowing tributes to his deputy Mr Yankuba Askia Bio and that he is only the ‘head’ and Mr Bio is the ‘neck’ of the Authority.
In a similar sentiment, the Sierra Leone Ports Authority has received local and international accolades for its contributions in the development processes in Sierra Leone. In December 2019, the National Child Development Award (NaCDA) of Kids Advocacy Network (KAN) recognized the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) as the Government Parastatal of the year, 2019.
On the 10th December, 2019, The Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) became a proud member of The EcoPorts Family, an International Environmental & Risk Management system required of all international Ports both within and out of the African sub-region. In September 2019, SLPA was accredited a full membership status of the International Safety and Environmental Port system which automatically positioned SLPA in EcoPort map and website.
On the same vein, SLPA has completed its Port Profile, filled out and submitted its questionnaire, a “Self Diagnostic Method” which was reviewed by an independent audit team at Lloydster in Holland.
On Maritime Security and Safety, the outgoing United States Coast Guard designated coordinator to Sierra Leone; Natalie J Moyer in February 14, 2020 commended the Fofana and Bio-led management for its collaborative work in transforming the port security and safety sector during her stewardship as International Port Security Liaison Officer designated to Sierra Leone amidst difficult challenges.