By SLRSA Media and Communications Outreach Unit
Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Roads Safty Authority (SLRSA), Ibrahim Sannoh and his Deputy Executive Director James B. Bio, together with the Director of License and the Manager of Estate Works, met with the Honorable Minister of Tourism to map out strategies on how to provide modernized parking lots for vehicles visiting beaches across the country.
In her opening remarks, the Tourism Minister thanked the SLRSA team for coming and also thanked the management of the Authority for the support they received from them during Budapest.
According to the Minister, she is expecting the new Executive Director to work with her ministry since collaboration and partnership is key among MDAs in promoting national development.
She also stated that some of the designs that have improved the Tourism sector are as a result of the good work of the ministry under her leadership.
The Director of the Ministry of Tourism provided a brief mandate of the ministry, saying that their key functions are to generate revenue and promote eco-tourism across the country.
According to him, the National Tourist Board is under the supervision of Ministry of Tourism and they have the responsibility to ensure that Tourist areas across the country are well kept and safe.
He went on to say they are challenged with land space in the beach areas, speaking on creating more parking lots along the beach areas, which he believes will also help to generate revenue for the ministry.
According to him, there is already a cabinet paper that is trying to address and also take a look at the regulatory system in the tourist sector.
He also stated that the key mandate of the ministry is to help promote the tourist sector and also generate more revenue for the government.
Executive Director of SLRSA, Ibrahim Sannoh thanked the minister whiles stating that although the Authority is charged with the responsibility of giving out both drivers’ and vehicles’ licenses and to also promote safety in the transport sector, the Authority is also charged with the responsibility of generating revenue for government .
He mentioned further that there are many ways in which the Authority can generate revenue in thinking outside of the box.
Executive Director Sannoh went on to say reasons for engaging the ministry was to ask for a provision of parking lots.
According to him, the Authority has a strong relationship with the ministry of tourism together with Road Maintenance Fund Administration, (RMFA) and the Sierra Leone Road Authority (SLRA). Furthermore, he stated that the Authority was trying to think outside of the box where they can generate more revenue for road maintenance fund.
During the meeting, it was agreed that No.2 Beach be the first beach to get a modernized parking space in the Western Rural.
The meeting ended with a tour, with the Director of Tourism identifying the areas suitable for a modernized electronic parking space within the Lumley Beach area.