As part of their activities to sensitize local councils on funding consideration for Road Maintenance, the Board and Management of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA) has held a one-day workshop with local councils, to discuss and agree on the rural feeder roads maintenance programme and how council can access funds from the Road Maintenance Fund Administration, which brought together the 19 local councils across the country, organized at the Kenema city council hall.
The objectives of the workshop is to provide efficient, economic and sustainable management of the administration Fund.
The chairperson and Mayor of Kenema district, Joseph Samba Kelfala, said the seting up of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA) is one of the dream of the government to monitor road maintenance across the country.
He appealed to participants to make use of the workshop to benefit their community adding that the workshop is unique for the development of the country.
He congratulated the Chief executive officer of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration for taking the bold step in educating local councils members on how to access funds and maintenace of roads in their community.
One of the Engineers and also Board member of the Road Maintenance Fund Adminisatrtion Oba Davies, said one of the aims of the RMFA is the proper management and effective use of the funds provided to local councils to ensure the funds are utilised for road maintenance.
He noted that the amount of money provided for feeder roads is purely 20%.
He encouraged local councils to ensure that the people they award contracts are registered contractors within their community.
He apealed to councils to fully involve in road maintenance activities.
Davies stated that it is time local councils take responsibility to maintenance feeder roads in their community.
Giving the technical overview of the workshop, the Chief Executive Officer of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA) Abdul K.Kalokoh said the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA) was established by an Act of Parliament under the Road Maintenance Fund Administration Act 2010.
Kalokoh noted that Government thought it fit to establish the Road Maintenance Fund, as an institution to look after the proper utilization of funds towards road maintenance. He said it is the responsibility of councils for the maintenance of feeder roads in their community.
He said 20% of the Road Maintenance Fund should be given to local councils for the maintainance of feeder roads.
He emphasized that this is the right time to meet with local councils to sensitize on how to access funds from the Road Maintenance Fund.
He said the responsibility of council is to ensure feeder roads, and drainages are maintained, reiterating that the 19 local councils have to compete for the 20% set aside for road Maintenance.
He said funds will be given to councils for road maintenance that will benefit the socio- economic good of the community people before the approval of funds to councils.
He stated that SLRA will give the technical support to all councils road maintenance in the country.
He also said the sources of Road Maintenance Fund Administration are through License of vehicles, buying of fuel and the registration of vehicles. He said the Road Maintenance Fund Administration is being supervised by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
He congratulated all new Mayors and councilors for having peaceful elections in their locality.
One of the Board of Director of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration and also from civil society representative Haja Kaday Sesay pointed out that President Koroma is committed toward building infrastructure in the country and urged local councils to be responsible in developing their community.
She noted that the RMFA is responsible to manage, monitor, and give funds to local councils toward road maintenance.
She appealed to some local contractors to change their attitude towards abandoning their contract given to them by councils.
The head of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration Richmond Sesay, made a presentation to participants on the Road Maintenance Fund Administration.