The Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) is one of the government institutions which has become famous of corruption scandal.
Within 2 years plus in office of the President Bio led New Direction administration two (2) Executive Directors have been fired for reasons which are not unconnected to corrupt practices.
Just recently, the current Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Paul S. Massaquoi was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) based on corruption allegations for which he is being investigated.
He was detained and questioned by the ACC based on allegations of procurement mishaps.
That the procurement irregularities in question has to do with the procurement for the rehabilitation of the Maritime central hub at Government Wharf in Freetown.
Documents in the hands of New Age revealed that the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) failed to inform the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) before undertaking such activity.
That documents obtained from the SLMA purportedly formed a procurement process, noting that the document revealed that the method employed by the SLMA was a restricted bidding of which five (5) bidders were contracted with only three (3) responding.
That an evaluation process was undertaken from which BM Kodami emerged the most responsive bidder and was awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the Maritime Building for the sum of Two Billion Nine Hundred and Forty-Seven Million Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Leones (Le2,947,320,000) only.
However, documents showed that the estimated cost contained in a BOQ, was Three Billion, One Hundred and Fifty Million Leones (Le3,150,000,000).
Mathematically, the sum of over Two Hundred Million Leones (Le200,000,000) remain unaccounted for based on the varied cost provided above from the documents.