The Eecutive Head of the Maritime Authority in Sierra Leone (SLMA), Phillip J. Lukulay has disclosed to journalists at the Governmentís weekly press briefing that there will soon be 12,000 life jackets obtained to secure the lives of sea travelers.
He also said SLMA has put in for search and rescue boat to patrol within the territorial waters of Sierra Leone to rescue distressed persons at sea. The said boats will cost 240,000euros for two of them but he assured there would not be any problems similar to the NASSIT ferry brouhaha.
Phillip Lukulay went on to say the allegation in newspapers that he is corrupt was untrue and that he also wished to use the opportunity to state that the procurement of the life jackets and the 2 rescue boats will be done above board and with no corruption.
Mr. Lukulay went on to brief journalists that he was the first ever SLMA Director and under his leadership, no corruption has ever occurred.
According to him, the SLMA is being run smoothly. He appealed to journalists to cease spoiling the good name which he has worked so hard for.
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