The Former Project Supervisor for the European Commission in the Western Area, Gladys Lansana yesterday took the Commission of Enquiry to Hill Station to identify the Senior Secondary School, Car Park and other facilities funded by the European Commission Rehabilitation and Resettlement Programme (ECSLRRP).
In her testimony to the Commission, Gladys Lansana said that the amount of Le 554,055,708.00 was allocated to the project through a Contractor called SIBS Agency to construct a Senior Secondary School at Hill Station.
She also disclosed that the project was not completed on time and that the ECSLRRP had to terminate the contract; adding that a care taker was hired to protect the structures but the project was not officially handed over to the Government.
She told the Commission that, a joint inspection team was sent to the Project Site by a delegation from the European Commission National Authorizing Office and the Resettlement and Rehabilitation Programme Officers to monitor how the project was implemented at Hill Station and it was observed that the project was not done properly by the contracting SIBS Agency as stipulated in the terms and conditions of the contract.
She further told the Commission that the contract was later awarded to another construction company at Kingtom called Ahmry, to remove all the rocks at the project site for the construction of a car park and clearing of the frontage of the two buildings, with an allocated amount of little over Le 70,000,000.00 (seventy million).
The Commissioners then questioned the former Project Supervisor on her technical competence and ability to effectively supervise projects in the Western Area; and she answered that a Civil Engineer called Adesimi Decker was very instrumental in helping to supervise the projects.
The Commission then requested Madam Gladys Lansana to take Commissioners to the project site. It was revealed that no actual car park was constructed at Hill station for the School.
She was also asked by Lawyer Thomas to name some of the Project Officers who worked for ECSLRRP across the Country; and in her response, she told the Commission that she could not remember all the names.
Gladys Lansana also told the Commission that all contract documents with SIB’s and Ahmry are with the European Delegation, adding that she had no knowledge of the quantum of cash that was allocated to the projects. She was however released by the Commission to appear at a later date.