July 25, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
The Director of Procurement at Sierra Leone Roads Authority, Engineer Amara Kanneh, has told a presser at the weekly Government press briefing that government would provide an alternative route to the toll road which would not be as good as the latter.
“There is going to be an alternative route to the toll road but it would not be good as the toll road,” he said.
He stated that government all over the world do not have enough capital on table to undertake development projects and would therefore engaged development partners to jointly implement undertaking such project.
According to him, private sectors have ‘lot of idle capital’ and government want to work with them in public private partnership and that was why the Wellington-Masiaka toll Road project emanated.
He said that it was on that public private partnership that a Chinese firm named China Railway Seventh Group approached the government of Sierra Leone and proposed their interest to invest in the rehabilitation of that Wellington-Masiaka highway that would operate on transfer system.
Engineer Kanneh also stated that the contract would include the rehabilitation and upgrading of a four lane road, construct new bridge and also rehabilitate existing bridges.
He told journalists that the toll road system will not only serve as a business but also create employment for Sierra Leoneans.
Meanwhile, since the government of Sierra Leone approved the 67km Wellington-Masiaka toll road in March 2016, it has been greeted by a heavy public outcry.