Ambassador Kobi Walker Urges Collaborative Efforts to Ensure Safety at NP Sierra Leone Terminals

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

In a recent conversation with the media, Ambassador Kobi Walker, CEO of NP Sierra Leone Limited (NP-SL), commended the Parliamentary Oversight Committee of Trade for their initiative in engaging with the operations at NP (SL) terminals. During the interview, Ambassador Walker highlighted the need for collective action to tackle the challenges faced by the company and to bolster the safety measures surrounding its terminals.

Drawing attention to an unfortunate event in Guinea, Walker underscored the critical importance of preventing similar incidents in Sierra Leone by enhancing security protocols at NP (SL) facilities. He stressed that the proximity of NP terminals to residential zones is uncommon in Western countries, and it is vital to acknowledge and address the unique risks this presents.

Ambassador Walker shed light on the economic hurdles of fuel importation and distribution, pointing out the difficulty inherent in purchasing fuel with dollars and selling it in Leones. However, he acknowledged the support from the Bank of Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Trade, and the Petroleum Regulatory Agency (PRA), which has been instrumental in securing the necessary foreign currency for fuel imports.

In terms of employment, Ambassador Walker proudly noted that NP (SL) is setting an example in gender diversity with over 42% of its workforce being female. He credited this to the company’s conviction that women are exceptionally capable in this industry. Furthermore, Walker expressed his advocacy for gender equality, referencing his support for the HE for SHE campaign, which champions women’s empowerment.

In closing, CEO Walker called for a unified approach among stakeholders to ensure the uninterrupted operation of NP (SL) terminals and the consistent supply of petroleum throughout the country. He emphasized the paramount importance of maintaining safety standards to protect both the infrastructure and the citizens living in the vicinity of these facilities.


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