Message from the President SLIE Ing. Prof Jonas A S Redwood-Sawyerr

president SLIE

Greetings! As we launch the events leading to the landmark celebrations of our Golden jubilee in 2020 and during that anniversary year, we need to use this occasion for reflection and how each of us in our various disciplines and engagements can influence the engineering practice in Sierra Leone for the next decades. Council has brainstormed on the status of engineering as seen by the older generation and also through the lenses of our young engineers as we chart the way forward in rebranding our profession. The social media platforms created by the latter group of engineers are awash with comments, criticism and great ideas on how to provide a watershed in the fortunes of the profession and the way we do business. I congratulate all of you in your diverse ways of ensuring the Institution which represents you meets your expectations. I have encouraged our younger colleagueengineers to be more visible and active in the programmes of the Institution as well as being members of Council and itscommittees. SLIE has now seen the largest number of young engineers as well as female engineers as Council members in recent times. An increase from 16% to 32% female representation in SLIE Council has been noted from 2015 to date. Council is also active in partnership projects such as the Royal Academic for Engineers Africa Catalyst project and the DFID Strategic Partnership for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) project among other activities. We look forward to greater collaboration with all our engineers both national and international as we move towards our 50th Year Anniversary. Congratulations to Council and all members of the SLIE and PERC especially those of the 50th Anniversary Organising Committee. Looking forward to your support throughout the celebrations and beyond.

Chairman, Professional Engineers Registration Council Ing. L. J. Tani Pratt

Perc Chairman

This AGM marks the Launch of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Sierra Leone Institution of
Engineers. The Professional Engineers Council congratulates the Institution on this land mark occasion. The holding of AGMs was started in 2007. The Institution has made significant strides since then and it is but right and fitting to rebrand the Institution and equip it for the challenging times ahead. PERC has grown from a membership of 130 professional engineers in 2009 to the current number of 666 representing an annual growth rate of 20%. As I have said previously, the Institution will not make the required progress if local institutions do not have projects that can be used to continue the training and experience of our young graduates. It is in this vain that I must again use this opportunity to plead with our supervisory ministry, the Ministry of Woks and Public Assets, to deal with the recommendations SLIE and PERC made starting in 2011 regarding improvements in the PERC Act one of which will result in the strengthening of the provisions of the Local Content Act. I am glad to report that the proposal is now in the Cabinet Office waiting for Cabinet consideration and approval.
I wish you a successful AGM and 50th Anniversary Launch.

Achievements of the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers
A list of some of the achievements of the SLIE since it was founded:
  • Enactment of the Professional Engineers Registration Council Act of 1990 for the regulation of the practice of engineering in Sierra Leone.
  • Represented in the Boards of most engineering parastatals.
  • Regularly invited to participate in policy issues related to engineering by the Government of Sierra Leone.
  • Regularly publish position papers on engineering issues that threaten public safety such as defective buildings, bridges, poor construction methods and specifications.
  • Established strong ties with our sister institutions in Ghana (Ghana Institution of Engineers) and Nigeria (Nigeria Society of Engineers) for over a decade. The three institutions regularly send delegations to each other’s Annual General Meeting and Conference.
  • Won a competitive (49 African sub-Saharan countries) funding of £35,000 for the Africa Catalyst award under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund. The pilot project was carried out from mid-December 2016 to mid-June 2017. The pilot project was successfully validated at a workshop held at the British Council in June, 2017 and was attended by various stakeholders including the Secretary to the President, a representative from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, a representative of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, UNOPS, and students of the Engineering Faculty at the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
  • Established a functional website which is regularly updated, has an increased presence on social media in various Engineering fora and been regularly publishing its newsletter, “The Engineering Forum”, since August 2016.