MTA Organises Performance Delivery Retreat for Agencies – SLCAA Participates

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In an effort to fulfil the objectives of the year of delivery, the Ministry of Transport and Aviation (MTA) has organised a three-day performance retreat for government agencies under its supervision on the theme accelerating performance delivery in the Transport and Aviation Sector.

The purpose of the retreat is to provide a reflection on MTA’s achievements in line with various agencies, identify how they can maximise those opportunities to deliver better services, bring out challenges faced and used them as lessons learnt for the development of the Transport and Aviation Sector.

During the three-day retreat, heads of Agencies would deliver PowerPoint presentations on the strategic plans; milestones, challenges, road maps for progress, adaptation to COVID-19 and post Recovery Plans of their respective institutions.

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of MTA, Brima M. Sowa noted that bringing all agencies together provides a unique opportunity to transform the aviation and other transport sectors. The Permanent Secretary recalled that when the New Direction administration took over governance there was a huge gap in the administrative and management process in almost all areas in the sector. He assured the various agencies of the ministry’s commitment to improving its strategic and policy oversight responsibilities.

The Chairman, who is the Head of Civil Service, John Sumaila, in his opening remarks, stated that transport sector plays a central role in driving the economy, adding further that through the division of labour and the production of value-added responsibilities can be fully ensured in all sectors of economic activities through the transport of good and people.

Primary amongst the growing development of the transport sector in Sierra Leone, the Chairman believed that the aviation component has gained a significant place in the national development agenda of Sierra Leone. He added that retreats that provide a platform for knowledge and experience sharing have been aligned with His Excellency Julius Maada Bio’s vision in pursuit of sustainable improvement of service delivery and performance management in governance.

The Minister of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED), Hon. Dr Francis Kaikai commended the Ministry of Transport for bringing together an array of institutions for a strategic planning session. The Minister disclosed that the Transport Ministry forms a critical role in the drive to achieve sustainable development. This, he said, is reflected in cluster 3 (Infrastructure and Economic Competitiveness) in the country’s 2019-2023 Medium-Term National Development Plan. He promised to provide all the necessary assistance to achieve the development goals of the ministry.

“Transport Ministry’s contribution to the movement of people; haulage of goods and services, the bus services to and from Freetown and District Headquarters, the School Bus system for the Free Quality Education and the multiplier effects of your services on the rest of the economy, especially Tourism, import/export and trade are immeasurable. The performance of MTA and all its various agencies is the key to achieve President Bio’s vision for a vibrant and strong economy,” the MoPED said.

Delivering his keynote address, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Kabineh Kallon thanked all stakeholders of different Ministries, Departments and Agencies present for honouring their invitation, adding that the retreat is a platform to accelerate the needed result to achieve quality service delivery. The Minister also said that transportation has a direct impact on the daily welfare and well-being of people ranging from transporting medical equipment to villages to save lives, to moving children from one point to the other to attend school.

“We have in the past year established Marine radio stations, and made a bilateral agreement in the form of signing an MOU for Air Traffic to allow operators to fly to Sierra Leone although COVID-19 hindered the implementation. The Sierra Leone Ports Authority has also established the international safety standards that have increased the confidence in how we do business. I am convinced that when the integrated Resilient Urban Mobility project is implemented, will change how we travel in Freetown,” he said.

The Minister added: “I am happy to inform you that after a very consultative process, we have developed the Government Vehicle Fleet Policy to guide how we maximise resources on vehicles and their use; I am also glad to announce that we have received the first set of twenty-five vehicles and we are expecting another batch soon.”