We are not averse to road construction. It is a sign of development. We also do not criticise with politics in our eyes. This is because we believe that our duty is to our country and to our compatriots.
It is in this light that we look at the start of demolition along the Regent road Wilberforce coming down to Spur road.
When Congo Cross and Wilkinson road were being torn apart over a year ago, we were given assurances that the traffic disruption will be done with in record time. Back then everyone thought the deadline was the 50ieth anniversary date of April 27, 2011. Then the sign post came up and the completion date was revealed as end June 2011. Now we are into July and still we do not seem to be near the end.
This is why we question why tear up Regent road Wilberforce now, when you have still not finished with the earlier project that was assigned to you? Is this a case of grabbing work fearful that it would slip through because of another engagement?
This is where we believe the Minister of Works must show leadership and a strong sense of commitment and direction. We believe that the Minister must insist that the work along Congo cross and Wilkinson road must be finished first before any workforce is committed to another project by the Chinese contractors.
For us, allowing the Chinese contractors to start a new project when they have not finished one would result in a disservice to us because at the end of the day we will see an unfinished road, haphazardly completed and handed over.
This is why we say that the work at Wilberforce must be stopped forthwith. The President has been criticising local contractors who have not completed their work, so why should we now be seen to be using different standards to judge foreign contractors? Are they better than us locals?
In our view there can be no fear by these contractors of losing the contract for the Regent road Wilberforce because it is Chinese money and ofcourse they only give the contract to themselves as do the Europeans, though quite unlike the Sierra Leoneans.
So if there is no fear of securing the contract why the rush? Please Mr Works Minister over to you.