Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: Over Disobedience, SLRTC Deputy GM Apologizes

Following his two-month suspension for failing to take instruction from the Board of Directors of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC), the Deputy General Manager Desmond R.A. Pratt has tendered a letter of apology for a reversal of the decision.

In his letter dated 29th January sent formally to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pratt expressed his regret over the unfortunate circumstances which led to the Board's decision and apologized to the Board for his show of disrespect that may have been construed in the process.

The Board Chairman, Mrs. Rebecca Conteh, in her letter dated 23rd January 2013 sent to Mr. Pratt, noted that they resolved at its 41st regular meeting that he should be suspended for two months without pay and other remuneration, that he should return the SLRTC's vehicle in his possession to the Technical Manager and that he should return the keys to his office to the Facilities Manager while "the Board awaits your apology".

"You ignored the Board's instruction with levity which prompted the decision to send you a reminder on the query on the 24th October 2012, giving you 72 hours to tender your letter of apology. It is very unfortunate that as at 23rd January 2013, three months hence you have made no attempt to demonstrate the slightest remorse about your persistent disregard for the Board," the letter stated.

Mrs. Conteh also told Concord Times exclusively that the Deputy General Manager does not respect the authority of the Board of Directors and the General Manager and believes in doing his private business with less attention to get the SLRTC work done.

She said the apology letter written by Pratt shows little or no respect for the Board and General Manager and that a decision on him could only be reached when the Board sits on its next meeting.

With the apology presented as demanded, it is unknown whether the Board will accept and reinstate him.

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