MOLHCP, Thursday September 16 2021:- The professional and exemplary leadership at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country Planning continue to attract development partners into the sector that was once marred with controversies.
Just this week, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Country Planning, Dr. Turad Senesie played host to the United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Ambassador David Reimer, at the Minister’s Youyi Building Office in Freetown.
The two development partners held critical discussions bothering on investment in housing, training and general management of the sector.
The Minister briefed the Ambassador about the challenges inherited and major reforms being undertaken for the effective and efficient management of the sector.
He spoke of the shift in priority from land allocation to provision of affordable housing and proper country planning, a policy that is already attracting investors from across the globe.
The Ambassador was also informed about work being done towards reforming legislations and digitisation of the sector for proper management.
He assured the Ambassador that the President Bio led administration will continue to take the appropriate measures as dictated by the country’s medium term national development plan.
On his part, the U.S Ambassador urged the minister to continue with the good leadership being demonstrated already.
He was particularly interested to know about steps being undertaken by government to attract more investment into the housing sector.
In terms of skills gap, the Minister and Ambassador agreed that short term training is important for staff development.
In that regard, the Ambassador encouraged the staff of the Ministry to take advantage of opportunities in acquiring short term trainings in the US.
Over the last seven months since the appointment of Dr. Turad Senesie as Minsiter of Lands, Housing and Country Planning, the sector has attracted development partners and investors including the World Bank, UNFPA, JL Properties based in Ghana and TAF Africa Global headquartered in The Gambia, among others.
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