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Director's Message


I assumed office on 3rd September, 2018 as the Managing Director of the Sierra Leone National Shipping Company Ltd. A State owned company that has been in existence since 1972 with the view to provide at a reasonable cost, the services of clearing, forwarding and shipping within the jurisdiction of Sierra Leone with international trade networks.

I hold a BSc. and MPhil. in Sociology (majoring in Organizational Management). Besides my professional and academic achievements, I am endowed with vast experience in public sector management and it’s related fields. These have been demonstrated in my previous assignments as: Public Relations Officer Truth and Reconciliation Commission; National Sales Officer, Sierra Leone State Lottery Company; Administrative Manager and Secretary to the Council, Statistics Sierra Leone; Administrative and Human Resources Manager, Sierra Leone Water Company; and as Management Consultant for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC); National Assets and Government Property Commission; and the Ministry of Information and Communications under the Digital Migration Project.

Over the years, the Company has been faced with daunting challenges thereby necessitating its ineffectiveness and slumber growth rate. With all these bottlenecks, relying on the New Direction agenda will breathe hope in the SLNSC to emerge as the leading shipping company in the industry in Sierra Leone and a vehicle for the advancement of clearing and forwarding.

This can only be achieved by providing strategic leadership to cardinally reduce the lead time for processing clearing documents, increased compliance, staff capacity building and motivation as well as effective coordination and collaboration among key stakeholders such as: Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Ministry of Trade and Industry, National Commission for Privatization (NCP), National Revenue Authority (NRA), Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) and Maritime Administration.

I am also convinced that strict adherence to the Cabinet Conclusion (2008) and the strengthened legal position of the company to carry out all clearing and forwarding services of government institutions as provided for in section 33 of the Finance Act 2019: “Notwithstanding this Act or any agreement, all Government Ministries, Department and Agencies, State-owned enterprises, state-owned banks, extra-budgetary agencies, Treasury Single Account Agencies and National Social Security and Insurance Trust shall use the Sierra Leone National Shipping Company for all clearing and forwarding services” will change the story of the company into an efficient and effective performer in the shipping industry.

Furthermore, I am convinced that based on my experience and dexterities in internally building teams among staff and externally establishing networks among key stakeholders, this company has an inevitable success story ahead.

Within a period of less than 90 days of my assumption of office, we are rebranding and repositioning the company to respond to the challenges associated with the strict compliance of the legal provision aforementioned.

We have embarked on management functional reforms: identified key staff requirements, our website will be functional before the end of my first 100 days in office, we are setting up a customer care centre, we have refurbished our Clearing and Forwarding centre into a “state of the art” banking hall, where our revered customers are exposed to our hospitality while processing their documents in urgency with precision.

Priding ourselves in the value of team work, we execute the trust reposed on us by our valued customers with utmost commitment. The current composition of staff are drawn from various sectors of the economy: banking, shipping, telecoms and the public sector, socio-legal provides the required hybrid skills towards esprit de corps. They are better motivated today, and the government has provided the space for efficient and effective service delivery at all levels in the public sector.

We are launching deep into technological advancement to make our processes and operations smooth for our valued customers and staff. We envisage a situation where our valued customers will sit in their shops and with a click of a button access information relating to the movement of their cargo (sea or air freight). Again our website is being designed to inter-face with the public especially our revered customers.

We are also mainstreaming humanitarian response into our operations to improve on the services we provide for our development partners. Our development partners help with drugs, materials for the Free Quality Education and many more assistance. They need the assurances that their goods will be cleared in record time to enable them reach out to beneficiaries within the deserved time.

We are inclined with the IMO’s mission to balance environmental challenges with economic demands on improving Green Port Policy; for which reason we call on all our partners, clients, and government institutions to support the actualization of this dream. Our letter head carry green colour signifying a core value for the environmental protection.

Let me end this statement by thanking government under the leadership of His Excellency the President Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for his unparalleled leadership in giving the scope for all sectors of the economy to professionally perform and to our key stakeholders for their support including: Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Ministry of Trade and Industry, National Commission for Privatization (NCP), National Revenue Authority (NRA), Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) and Maritime Administration.

Ahmed Saybom Kanu (+232 76 617 235)