PETER BAYUKU HANDS OVER TO NEW MINISTER EDWARD SANDY
At an official handing over ceremony convene at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, The New Minister, Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy, has played host to the out gone minister, at an official handing over ceremony.
The Out gone Minister of Trade and Industry Peter Bayuku Konteh on Wednesday 5th June, 2019; officially handed over to the new Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy in a short ceremony held at the Ministerís Office at Youyi Building, Freetown.
Delivering his handing over statement, the out gone Minister now the new minister of Works and Public Assets, Peter Bayuku Konteh, expressed his profound gratitude to His Excellency the President Dr. Julius Maada Bio for giving him the opportunity to serve the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He catalogued his successes in the Ministry which includes creating a conducive working environment with high team work spirit, improved collaboration with all MDAs (MAF, MoF, MoPED, MTA).
He emphasized that the Ministry had done his utmost in ratifying the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, Increased number of Foreign Investors into the country, Signed MOUs with Investors in various sectors (SAVINA, SONOCO, SALLEM, MACCEM Industries ), facilitate a Projects for the establishment of the biggest Oil Recycling Plant in Koya, Port Loko District, initiated the establishment of a Steel Industry process.
Mr. Konteh encouraged the new Minister to work assiduously in coordinating the delays at the Law Officers Department in respect of to draft Bills/regulation, and be proactive by identifying and prioritizing the immediate needs of the Ministry and its Agencies in addition to human capacity constraints of the Ministry.
In his remarks, the new Minister, Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy, thanked the out gone Minister for such successes achieved throughout his tenure and assured him that he will continue in excess from the posture he left the ministry. He pointed out that there are successes and challenges and he will do his utmost to maintain the grip on the successes whilst trying to address the challenges of Price Liberalisation of the Down Stream Petroleum Sector, Gross Manpower deficiency Inadequate and late disbursement of government allocations etc.