By Jariatu Bangura
In line with the President’s ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ in the area of infrastructure, member of parliament representing Constituency 105, in collaboration with other community stakeholders, yesterday concluded a day’s consultative meeting to address issues affecting the community.
Hon. Ibrahim Kamara educated the gathering on the purpose of the meeting, informing them that a Sierra Leone-based company has been awarded a contract to construct drainages and refurbish most of the feeder roads in the area. “Therefore the cooperation of community stakeholders is highly needed by the company,” he urged.
He said the constituency has lots of constraints and that as representative of the area, he has played his own part by advocating for the implementation of the road project and that the community people should embrace such development.
“The company and its contractors are all Sierra Leoneans, and if they fail us, they have failed themselves too,” said Hon. Kamara. “A lot of foreign companies have failed us in the past and disappeared without trace. This company has promised to create more jobs for young people residing in the constituency.”
Councilor Abu A. Khanu of Ward 374 welcomed the contractors and expressed the need for quality roads to be constructed in the community. He assured them that the community would do all they could in making sure that the company’s equipment and other materials are well protected during the road work.
Project Manager from SLRA, Tamba Yonga, said it was first in history that a Sierra Leonean company has been awarded a contract of such nature, thus calling on the company to meet the expectations of the constituency people.
“The award of this contract will promote the Local Content Policy of the country,” he said.
He cited Macaulay Street, Mountain Cut, Kissy Road and Fourah Bay Road as streets that would be refurbished. The project, he added, will last for 16 months.
“The Guma Valley Water Company has been informed, as well as other utility companies, to do their connections before the road work commences so as to avoid future damage,” he said.
Managing Director of BEGEC-TP Construction Company, Sean Parpah Chendeka, said they are well prepared to do quality work and called for the cooperation of the community people.
He said they would transform narrow drainages to wider ones and that the community people should monitor and supervise the handling of the equipment.