At long last the Sierra Leone Roads Authority has taken over the rehabilitation of the Lumley Bridge precisely at the refuse bin area. The abysmal performance of the Kuwaiti Burnham Construction company and the inefficient sub contractor (bao) who had abandoned the project site for the past few months to the disappointment of residents, Government and donor partners.
The Sierra Leone Roads Authority took over the project as an immediate intervention so as to install culverts temporarily for the free flow of the drainage which runs down the area to a creek, at the back of golf club to avoid flooding which usually brings traffic to a halt for hours during the rains.
On Monday morning this week the head of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) Munda Rogers was spotted at the project site by this Press on an inspection apparently of the level of progress and challenges facing the project. Civil works engineers, laborers contracted by the SLRA are busy working hard to ensure the project is completed before the rain intensifies.
The area is visibly on the brink of collapse, narrowed and excavated. There is also a deep cut underneath the bridge that has the tendency to undermine the entire structure and derail the project. The civil works has been causing undue delay for both motorists and pedestrians.
The essence of the bridge according to SLRA officials is to ease the flow of drainages mostly from the Lumley area and its surroundings. Piles of rubbish is stocked at all the major drainages of Lumley starting from Babadorie to Grass field due to the lack of the culture of maintenance by the Government.
The Lumley project has faced serious set back since its initial contract was awarded. However youths in the area have expressed their dismay, frustration and disappointment over the manner in which both the contractors and the SLRA have handled the project.
Youths of Lumley and the Hon. Member of Parliament of the Constituency Salaymatu Turay are bitter with the entire project implementation and they are of the opinion that after SLRA could have completed the temporary installation of culverts the bridge will not be constructed later – they intimated.According to investigations conducted by this Press the Lumley and Goderich project was funded by the Kuwaiti Government since 2004 to construct four lanes for Lumley and two lanes for Goderich, However the project implementation has faced serious set back.This Press has reliably learnt that the Sierra Leone Roads Authority has terminated the Kuwaiti contract for failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of the contract agreement which resulted to the abandonment of the contract by the Kuwaiti contractor Burharm International Construction Company and the sub contractor bao.
But an investigation on the utilization of the road project funds has not been carried out by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the Anti- Corruption Commission to avoid the wastage of both Government and donor funds.