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Four giant clocks for Kenema Clock Tower

NOVEMBER 3, 2014 By Mohamed Massaquoi from Kenema

Despite developmental projects across the country being put on hold due to the Ebola outbreak, the Mayor of Kenema City Council has informed Concord Times that four giant clocks from Britain would be installed at the Kenema Clock Tower before the end of 2014 to give a befitting facelift to the city.

Mayor Joseph S. Keifala said his council had allocated funds it sourced independently for the rehabilitation of the city Clock Tower, noting that a competitive bidding process was also concluded.

“Our intension is to rehabilitate the entire clock tower and fix four face striking clocks. We invited bidders with technical and financial capability and those that can meet the specification of the striking clock. We even extended the bidding process to national contractors who hold Ministry of Works Class II or better certificate because this time we want to get it right,” he said, adding that they recruited a contractor who was willing to pre-finance the project.

He maintained that it is significant descendants of Kenema, both in and out of the country, are aware council is doing its best to address numerous challenges faced by the city.

Contractor Sidi Yayah Fofanah confirmed he had already purchased four specially designed clocks which will be installed shortly, adding that the British company has vouched for a 150 years guarantee and that they will personally fly in one of their personnel to install the clocks.

Meanwhile, Mayor Keifala admitted that it is no secret the road network in the township of Kenema is nothing to write home about, and that he had engaged relevant state authorities to consider rehabilitation of the roads even prior to the Ebola outbreak.

“I am working closely with my councilors to see that we actually have some major projects completed before the end of our term in office. Kenema must grow and we must all come together to ensure that it happens,” he said, adding that they have developed a master plan to upgrade the Kenema city field to a mini -stadium.

“It is frustrating that Bo city has got a befitting stadium and Kenema is still lagging behind; we will do all in our powers to address this situation,” he concluded.

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