By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh from Kono
Passengers plying the highway to Kono have expressed grave concern over the current deplorable state of the road, especially that connecting Masingbi in Tonkolili District to the diamondiferous district.
In an interview with this reporter, one of the passengers, Phebian Lebbie, told Concord Times that business people are grappling with the challenges of journeying from Kono to Freetown due to the terrible state of the road. She added that it is only with the help of motorbikes (okadas) that they now travel to Makeni before connecting to Freetown.
“The road condition from Masingbi to Koidu town is in its worse state and that has caused several vehicles to stop plying the route,” she said.
A minibus driver who used to ply the route, Abdul Sesay, said current state of the Kono highway is the cause of several fatal accidents, while buses who usually ply the route have stopped due to major technical faults.
He further urged the government to fast-track the construction of the road, which commenced in 2012.