107m euros for Bandajuma-Liberia road


By Alusine Sesay

Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation in Sierra Leone, Peter Versteeg, has during the commissioning of the Lumley-Aberdeen Beach road last Friday disclosed that the European Commission has signed a financing agreement of about 107 million euros for the rehabilitation of the Bandajuma-Liberia highway, including bridges.

Ambassador Versteeg said the funding would support the rehabilitation of some 100km of highway and three bridges across the rivers Waanji, Sewa and Moa.

“The project aims to boost West African connectivity and regional integration as well to improve living standards in the targeted areas and strengthen national cohesion,” he said. “I am certain it will impact positively on the livelihoods of the local inhabitants as well as on trade between Sierra Leone and Liberia.”

He encouraged Sierra Leonean authorities to put in place the necessary road maintenance programmes, excel control legislation and road safety campaigns that would maximize the return on the investment and generate economic diversification and service sector growth.

He noted that the EU seeks to stimulate the blend of loans, private investment and grants for future infrastructure programmes, freeing up scarce resources for support to agriculture, good governance and education.

Mr. Versteeg commended President Ernest Bai Koroma for what he referred to as having placed particular emphasis on developing infrastructure in the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’, and that the Lumley-Aberdeen Beach road showcased sustainable local development and tourism in Freetown.