Sierra Leone: Officials from the Sierra Leone Roads Authority ended a one-week visit to the Southern Region in a satisfied mood over progress of SLRA’s “Major and Minor Road Regravelling” Project in the four districts of the South.
Professional Head, Ministry of Works, Paul S.H. Bockarie at a press conference at the end of the exercise at Matotoka expressed satisfaction with the present stage of the project. What he looked for during the tour was “site organisation” which he said included “labour and timing.”
He said he also looked out for “quality management and equipment.” He, however, stated that he was shocked by the contradictions in contractors’ bid documents and what he observed at the sites. “Contractors projects are not as to what is happening on the ground,” he added.
Also speaking, Deputy Director General Ansumana Abdulai stated, “We are still on course to provide reliable, safe, sustainable roads for our people.” He stated that the ‘mobilisation’ apsect of the project was key and he admitted that all the contractors have done their best in that drive. “Mobilisation is key and I think they have all done it,” he added, and ended by saying, “I think this is a satisfactory performance.”
Sierra Leone People’s Party Tonkolili District Chairman Abu Mohamed Koroma thanked SLRA for the on-going work. “For the past 40 years, we have not seen this kind of work here. And this is a major road that links Bo, Kono, Mile 91 and Freetown; and when this work is finished, I’m sure it will help the economy.” The work he said was a major need of the people of that area.
Ministry of Finance representative Francis B Conteh said “the work has challenges” but still accepted that it was “somehow satisafctory.”
Meawnwhile, the work is part of a 1800km nationwide major and minor road regravelling project. In the South, a distance of 638km road length is to be regravelled. Divided among the 4 districts of the South, a distance of 214km covers Bo, while a distance of 187km covers Pujehun. A distance of 219km covers Moyamba, while a 92km road length covers Bonthe.
By Jenkins Bawoh