The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula, together with his deputy and some members of the SLP management on Monday November 1, 2021, at the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters hosted and mediated a minor dispute among members and stakeholders of the Transport Sector in Sierra Leone.
The meeting focused of proffering solutions to recent emerging conflict, between the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sierra Star Company, Mr. Abdulai Sidibay and other transport owners.
Mr. Sidibay, who recently ordered 100 buses to help ease the daily challenges passengers face in transportation emphasized the unfriendly approach he got from the Sierra Leone Drivers’ Union and other Transport Owners. He opined that “This to a very large extent has affected my business”. He furthered that he pays monthly salaries to over ninety workers including, secretaries, securities and technicians/mechanics.
Giving his honest opinion on the issue, the Inspector General of Police Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula personally and on behalf of the SLP appreciated the gesture and the patriotic stride and initiative of Mr. Abdulai Sidibay.
The IGP made it very clear that “healthy competition in business is legal and legitimate so it should be allowed. Let the people decide which bus they want to board”. He stated that the SLP is willing and ready to support this laudable venture of Mr. Abdulai Sidibay which is in line with the government investment initiative.
All parties alluded to the suggestion by the IGP to do a communique to which they will accede to and that will serve as a binding document to all parties.
The philanthropist Mr. Abdulai Sidibay, in his closing remarks made it clear that he wants to salvage some of the problems the average Sierra Leonean is going through in terms of transportation especially in Freetown.