NOVEMBER 19, 2014 By Samuel J. Kargbo
In a bid to addressed challenges in the road sector, Le131.8 billion has been allocated to help in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of trunk roads in the capital Freetown and district headquarters, noting that on-going phase of road constructions and other public works will continue as part of efforts to stimulate the economy and provide jobs, especially for youth.
Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah, made the disclosure as he read the country’s budget for 2015 on 15 November in Parliament.
He disclosed that Road User Charges and Vehicle Licenses would contribute Le100.2 billion to the Road Maintenance Fund Administration, which will support routine maintenance of trunk and city roads, bridges and ferries, upgrading of existing roads, as well as the development of new trunk and feeder roads.
He noted that development partners, including the European Union, ADB, IDB, Saudi-Fund, Kuwaiti Fund, BADEA, OPEC and GIZ will disburse Le434 billion as part of their support to Sierra Leone’s budgetary needs. He said the support would also go towards procurement of rural roads equipment to support agriculture, public health and water services in each of the twelve districts.
He said that Le8.6 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, of which Le2.6 billion would go for repairs and maintenance of Government buildings.