July 21, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development has intensified road construction and rehabilitation in Koinadugu in order to open up the district to economic and other development activities.
The road from Kabala town linking Dr. Kaifala Marah’s native Bambokoro village as well as Badela Yira Filaia village, among others, has opened up several livelihood opportunities for business people and other travelers.
“I did it for God, my country and to set out what President Ernest Bai Koroma has taken up as a venture across the country,” Dr. Marah said during an inspection tour over the weekend.
Accompanied by his wife, Josephine Marah, the Finance Minister and his entourage were received with drumming and dancing by the people.
In his brief remarks, he commended friends and other well-wishers that have been supporting the project with fuel to do the technical work.
He admonished his people to add value to the road by taking ownership of the construction work so that the project will be sustained.
“To whom much is given much is expected. It is good that I use my personal resources to open up communities,” he said.
Also speaking, Mustapha Fofanah, who is a mechanical engineer, told this medium that since the project started in December 2012 with two machines, about a hundred kilometers roads have so far been constructed and graded, including some feeder roads in the Kabala township.
He said the deplorable road from Kabala to Yiraya was a no-go area for vehicles and was serving as a death-trap for those taking the risk. He pledged his fullest commitment to ensure that the project is completed on the stipulated time.
Paramount Chief Alie Balasama Marah of Sengbe Chiefdom noted that the road will enable farmers to take their goods to the market without any difficulty.
“We are happy that our own brother took up a venture that would have cost government a lot. We can now use our cars to access other chiefdoms and communities,” he said and added that the road has further eased access to touristic areas like the Loma Mountain and will contribute to the improvement of basic social and economic services.
A native of Badela Yira Filaia village, Kadiatu Kargbo, had this to say: “Before now we used to pay about Le50,000 to travel on a motor bike to our village. Now that the road has been constructed, we are happy to see other vehicles now accessing our village. We now pay Le10,000 to come to our village.”
Alhaji Batoma Sheriff and the Chairman of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) in Koinadugu District, Dr. Fasineh Samura, expressed nice sentiments for the work done by Dr. Marah and urged that other Sierra Leoneans to replicate the same in their native homes.