The Managing Director of the beleaguered national telecommunications outfit has predicted the fall and demise of the parastatal, two years into his appointment to head SIERRATEL.
Foday Sankoh was playing guest to a popular local radio morning programme Wednesday when he let the cat out of the bag, citing state negligence for the catastrophic state of affairs at SIERRATEL.
“SIERRATEL will die by December if the government fails to exert positive posture for the revamping of the institution,” Mr Sankoh averred, saying the negative attitude of the government is responsible for the moribund state they have found themselves.
Workers of SIERRATEL now go for months without the monthly pay, a situation that has forced the unfortunate workers to come open. “I agree, and I am aware of the plight of the workers but we are so under sourced, with virtually nothing to write home about. The company is overweighed with debts and the government is doing little to upgrade the status quo which has made the situation untenable.”
Foday Sankoh also spoke of wrong political directives that he said are sometimes not in the interest of the parastatal, citing the issue of recruitment and disengagement of staffs. He also noted that SIERRATEL is in a deep mess, with a heavy burden of financial loss and indebtedness. Asked as to whether it would be better if the company could be privatised, the MD hastened to say that no sober business group would come to deal with a company that is laden with debts and poor facilities.
“If things are not fixed now, I fear that SIERRATEL will have to die by December,” he ended.