An Open Letter to Candidates vying for the role of President of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Statement from the Engineering Community in Sierra Leone and Abroad
Engineering is a key enabler of wealth creation both unpinning the innovation process and being necessary for building the infrastructure required for enterprises, supply chains and markets to function.
Engineering has an essential role to play in the development of and provision of access to new medical interventions, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities sustainable energy generation technology and other public services. Engineering is a key enabler of wealth creation both underpinning the innovation process and being necessary for building the infrastructure required for enterprises, supply chains and markets to function.
The Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (SLIE), Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone) (EfCSL) and the Professional Engineers Registration Council (PERC) would like to draw to the attention of aspiring candidates for the Presidency of the Republic of Sierra Leone the top priority areas as identified by the Institutions that are considered of high importance to the practice of engineering and which have direct implication for the long-term development of Sierra Leone. These priority areas require the new government administration to undertake the following actions as a matter of priority:
- Pass the revisions to the PERC Act to provide for increased oversight of the profession. This enabling legislation should be delivered in the first period in the Legislative timetable of the New Government.
- Provide enabling legislation under the PERC Act to improve engineering practice in Sierra Leone through a process of Continuing Professional Development which is monitored and assessed by SLIE and PERC to ensure that practicing engineers possess and maintain the correct level of skills, knowledge and attitude required. This enabling legislation should also be delivered in the first period in the Legislative timetable of the New Government.
- Take action to ensure that the refurbishment of the engineering departments and laboratories at Fourah Bay College under the BADEA funded project is completed in time for the academic accreditation being progressed under the Africa Catalyst Phase 2 Programme. This programme of work is to be completed no later than September 2019.
- Following recent Natural Disasters from flooding and the landslide that affected areas in and around Freetown, the government should take urgent action to ensure that all dwelling both legal and illegal in areas classified as Hazard Zones are evacuated and the land treated and protected to prevent further encroachment. This activity should start before the rainy season in June 2018.
- Provide adequate legislation for expatriate engineering consultants and contracting companies that are working in Sierra Leone on public and private sector projects above a certain duration and cost value threshold which should obligate them to adequately transfer knowledge to locally based individuals and organisations through appropriate Local Content involvement at various levels on the project. These consultants and companies should be duly registered with PERC.
- The Government should put in place a National Infrastructure Project Sponsorship Organisation that is accountable at the centre of Government and responsible for delivery of all major strategic infrastructure projects. This is to enable adequate expertise, knowledge and oversight to be deployed in managing the major infrastructure projects ensuing, robust governance and value for money, thus realizing the Government strategic objectives and the project’s benefits.
ING. L.J.T. PRATT ING. PROF. J.A.S. REDWOOD-SAWYERR CHAIRMAN, PERC PRESIDENT SLIE