June 18, 2018
By Hassan Gbessay Koroma
Contractors of the Bo and Mattru Jong road construction have last Thursday engaged stakeholders, including the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), Electricity Distribution and Supply Agency (EDSA), SALWACO, Paramount Chiefs and Bo District Council Chairman to chat the way forward for the smooth construction of the road, with no disadvantage to any of them.
President Julius Maada Bio on Friday, 8th June commissioned the US$73 million Bo and Mattru Jong road construction that would be constructed by the First Tricon Construction Company.
Speaking during the engagement, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Tricon Construction Company, Remi Oluyiwa, said the engagement was necessary as it would help raise awareness of what they have done and will be doing.
He explained that following the official commissioning of the road by President Bio, they immediately moved to the site the following Monday and commenced work.
Oluyiwa said they have waited for the commencement of the project since 2015, and now that the president has given the go-ahead, they intend to do their best to meet the timeline and deliver a quality work to not only the people of Bo and Mattru Jong, but to Sierra Leoneans.
He said that they thought it fit to engage the above-mentioned agencies and stakeholders to sit and discuss how they would work together without their operations being affected during the road construction process.
He disclosed that they could not start work where they were supposed to because it is a buildup area and that facilities of SALWACO and EDSA might be affected.
He noted that some might likely be affected, hence invited the Paramount Chief and the Bo District Council Chairman to help in the smooth and peaceful construction of the road.
On behalf of EDSA, Engineer George Seiya from Bo District thanked the construction company for engaging them and promised that they were ready to answer the calls of the company whenever they deem necessary.
He said the road construction project was meant to benefit every Sierra Leonean, thus they were ready to provide maximum support to the project to see its proper and timely implemenation.
Seiya said the Bo and Mattru Jong road hasn’t any underground cables, but that EDSA has poles along the route that might be affected by the road project.
Speaking on behalf of SALWACO, Bo District Regional Manager, Engineer Lansana B. Sawi thanked President Bio’s decision to construct the Bo/Mattru Jong road, stating that they were willing and ready to answering to the calls of the company.
Paramount Chief Prince Lappia Boima, who also doubles as Chairman of Paramount Chiefs in the Southern Region, pledged to always give a help hand to ensure the road construction was successful.
He promised to join the company talk to residents that would be affected by the construction.
Chairman of Bo District Council, Joseph Musa Bindi, said the construction of the road was a major concern to his Council because 70% of the road is in Bo District.
He said he and the Paramount Chief would engage affected residents, and called on the contractors to make sure they identify properties that would be affected and inform owners earlier so as to avert future confrontations.