Sierra Leone: Outgoing Minister of Works & Public Assets Reflects on Achievements and Hands Over Responsibilities

In a heartfelt speech delivered at the Ministry of Works and Public Assets, Hon. Peter Bayuku Konteh, the outgoing Minister, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve Sierra Leone over the past five years.

The ceremony marked the official handover to the new Minister and Deputy Minister, as well as the presentation of a comprehensive Handing-Over-Note outlining the Ministry’s mandate, functions, and ongoing tasks.

During his tenure, Hon. Konteh served as both the Minister of Trade & Industry and the Minister of Works & Public Assets.

Despite facing numerous challenges, he highlighted the achievements made with the available resources and manpower.

The Handing-Over-Note provided the new Minister and Deputy Minister with a detailed understanding of the Ministry’s structure, agencies under its supervision, and financial standing.

Addressing concerns about the management of government assets, Hon. Konteh categorically stated that he had never sold any government assets, granted freehold to anyone, approved unauthorized construction on government land, or rented confiscated houses.

The Ministry’s Internal Audit Unit had diligently cross-checked the items in his office, ensuring transparency and accountability.

To address any further inquiries, Hon. Konteh directed individuals to the appropriate authorities.

Questions related to government assets were to be directed to the National Assets and Government Property Commission, while road contracts and payments should be addressed to the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) management.

Financial and project-related queries were to be directed to the Permanent Secretary and the Professional Head of the Ministry.

Hon. Konteh expressed his gratitude to the dedicated staff of the Ministry, acknowledging their professionalism and hard work.

He commended the Permanent Secretary, secretaries, office assistants, budget officer, accountant, procurement officer, personal secretary, and IT unit for their contributions to the Ministry’s achievements.

Their commitment had been instrumental in driving progress and delivering quality services.

As Hon. Konteh concluded his speech, he quoted the 13th-century Iranian poet Rumi, emphasizing the importance of personal growth and self-reflection.

While his time as Minister came to an end, his dedication to being a useful citizen and a committed member of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party remained unwavering.

The ceremony concluded with well-wishes extended to the new Minister and Deputy Minister, along with a call for the entire staff to provide their full support as they embarked on their new responsibilities.

Hon. Peter Bayuku Konteh’s tenure as Minister of Works & Public Assets will be remembered for his dedication to serving the country and his commitment to transparent and accountable governance.

The Ministry now enters a new chapter under the leadership of the incoming Minister and Deputy Minister, who will undoubtedly build upon the foundations laid by their predecessor.

Some staff members expressed their overall sentiment towards Minister Konteh, describing him as a person of integrity, a team player, and someone who prioritized achieving results. They expressed their sadness at his departure and will miss him.

Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: abubakarrjalloh@theafricandreamsl.com WhatsApp: +23276211583

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