The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Disaster Management Agency has informed the public that it has been agreed upon that Guinea will be temporarily using the country’s depot as a landing port for its petroleum products.

The decision was agreed upon after a high-power delegation from Sierra Leone headed by Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jallon visited Guinea as the country’s emergency and logistic support.

According to the report, the National Disaster Management Agency has been mandated to quickly undertake a vulnerability risk assessment for the haulage of fuel from Sierra Leone to Guinea guided by 5 thematic areas which includes
1. Security Planning and Architecture.
2. Road planning and the identification of hotspots from Mile Shaka to Gberay Junction, from Barmoi Luma, Kambia Town to Tombo Park up to 55.
3. Develop a Communication Strategy to enhance public awareness.
4. ⁠Instituting hazard and risk protocol at the Terminal and clearing of Parsonage Street and
5. ⁠Expected haulage audit.

A total of 123 fuel tankers arrived in Freetown on Thursday 21st December 2023 from Guinea and were parked at Hastings.

The under-mentioned activities have commenced already.

  1. All the tankers have moved to the runway.
  2. ⁠Brushing of the runway is ongoing.
  3. ⁠Provided mobile toilet facilities for an estimated 500-plus Guinean contingent.
  4. ⁠Provided three 10,000 liters water tanks.
  5. ⁠Installation of solar lights along the runway is ongoing.
  6. ⁠Barricading of the several crossings along the runway is ongoing.
  7. ⁠Community engagement with local stakeholders is ongoing.
  8. ⁠Inspection of the kissy terminal is ongoing.
  9. ⁠The Ministry of Health is in readiness to open quick treatment facilities.

The public is hereby encouraged to fully comply with safety regulations and ensure the seamless transportation of petroleum products to Guinea.