Meet the new General Manager of the Sierra Leone Port Authority, Mr Yankuba Askia Bio commonly known amongst his peers and close associates as “Jada”.
Coming with over 15 years of Logistics and Port operation experiences, His first job at Sierra Leone Brewery as Sales Supervisor did not only introduce him to professional work ethics but allowed him to learn the art of hard-work dedication, sense of responsibility and performance.
He was also Logistics Supervisor at Bollore Africa Logistics which was subcontracted by one of the largest mining companies then, London Mining. There, with over 100 staff under his supervision, he catered to the procurements and logistics departments which were very integral to the general mining operation of the company. At London mining, he earned respects amongst his peers and colleagues as one of the most dedicated and professional staff that contributed to the development of so many individuals professionally and personally. He was a key member of staff and amongst the bright Sierra Leoneans prepared to take over leadership in the company when the deadly Ebola outbreak forced the company to shutdown.
In the last five years before his recent appointment, Yankuba was the Deputy General Manager at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority where he played a pivotal and very active role in ensuring the transformation that were achieved during this tenure.
Prior to his appointment by His Excellency Julius Maada Bio to join the Sierra Leone Port Authority in 2018. Yankuba, was the Country Purchasing Manager at BOLLORE AFRICA LOGISTICS one of the largest Port Operators managing portfolio of port operations across West Africa. Working from the company Headquarters in France and regional offices in the subregion. He grew from being-: Team Leader at UNICEF
-: Logistics Superintendent – Bollore Africa Logistics Marampa Mines)
-: Country Procurement Director – Bollore
-: Deputy General Manager SLPA
-:General Manager SLPA
With an undergraduate degree in Linguistics/Literature from Njala University and Post Graduate Masters in Public Administration coupled with several professional qualifications including CIPS – Chartered institute of Procurement and Supply – contributes greatly to his technical and professional competencies needed to provide leadership at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority.