As part of efforts to address the enormous challenges faced by drivers, vehicle owners and mechanics, the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, under the dynamic and result oriented leadership of the Executive Director, Mr Ibrahim Sannoh, on Friday 15th October, 2021 launched four major interventions to address critical challenges in the Road Sector.
The four major interventions were Biometric Drivers’ License, Technical School, Garage and vehicle spare part shop.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Minister of Transport and Aviation, expressed delight over the success the SLRSA had made by simultaneously launching the first ever Biometric Drivers’ License in Sierra Leone in tandem with Auto Parts Freetown (APF); a Belgian company, an Ultra-Modern Garage, Training School and quality spare parts shop. The minister pointed out that the significance of the launching ceremony cannot be over emphasized as the New Direction agenda prioritized digital revolution that was people-centered and people driven. He disclosed that one key benefit of the new drivers’ license is that it securitizes biometric data capture of drivers licensed in Sierra Leone. He furthered that the license would end the era of fake drivers’ license.
The minister described the partnership between APF as a unique public private venture that would enhance quality, safety and security on our roads. He expressed the hope that with this partnership, the government would save billions by buying authentic spare parts from APF and repairing vehicles at their Ultra-modern garage.
The Executive Director SLRSA, Mr Ibrahim Sannoh, said the idea of both the Biometric License, and the APF – SLRSA partnership was to put Sierra Leone in line with international trend. The Executive Director intimated that the Authority would establish drivers testing centers all over the country in compliance with His Excellency the President`s vision of providing sustainable development. He expressed appreciation to the CEO of APF for accepting to partner with the SLRSA and assured that the partnership and the biometric license would bring positive lasting legacy in the Road Transport Sector.
The CEO of APF, Mr Jurgen Sonck thanked the SLRSA Executive Director Mr Ibrahim Sannoh for providing the conducive atmosphere for APF to operate in Sierra Leone. He stated that APF will not only provide quality spares but will also create jobs and transfer knowledge.
Other speakers were Mr Alfred Gborie, on behalf of the board, Mr Arthur Brima, Director of Transport, Madam Assanatu Mansaray, Director of License DC Kaitibi, Transport Manager. The program was chaired by Mr Abu Bakarr Sheriff.