A team from the Freetown Emergency Recovery Project (FERP) led by the Principal Deputy Financial Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Mathew Dingie, has on Friday 12th February 2021 inspected all project sites under the project’s purview.
FERP is an $11.5 million project from the World Bank and government of Sierra Leone to restore damaged facilities affected by the 2017 mudslide and flash flood disaster in Regent, Kaningo, Kamayama, Babadorie, and a host of other communities.
It could be recalled that the project was handed over to the relevant contractors to fix the Babadorie reservoir at the Guma Valley Water Company compound in Regent, which was in bad shape after the mudslide and flash flood disaster, and to construct bridges, drainages and culverts in some of the aforementioned communities.
After over three hours of inspecting all the project sites, the Principal Financial Secretary, who doubles as the Chairman of the FERP Steering Committee, Mathew Dingie, averred that he was very impressed with the level of work done so far by the contractors.
He said the FERP project will now stand the test of time for any subsequent outbreak in the country especially with regards to flooding, adding that “the structures are very much sustainable.”
Mr. Dingie noted that the bridges and culverts together with the water facility “are very much in place,” as 70% of the work had already been completed by the relevant authorities. “As you can see the foundation of the bridges has been done which is a good indication that we are on point with the project.”
The FERP Steering Committee Chair furthered that such facilities will ease the movement of people in said communities and will also connect the communities without any risk.
According to the Project Manager of CSE/SECON, Sahr Daniel Dugba, in some locations or facilities they have completed 80% of the work, and 70% in other areas. He told this medium that they will finish the project on time for the facilities to be accessible to members of the communities.
He noted that the barrels for the construction of the bridges are completed; the inlet structure and other key areas of the bridges and culverts had been worked on; and concluded that the facilities will be of great benefit to the people.
In his statement, the Project Coordinator of FERP, engineer Neilford Rose, noted that the project was supposed to end this February 2021, but due to the COVID-19 distraction, the World Bank has given them an additional four months to wrap up the project.
On monies spent on construction so far, the Project Coordinator said they have disbursed over $4 million, and are now in the final stage of the project to construct five major culvers and bridges with a host of other facilities in the various localities.