January 25, 2016 Memunatu Bangura
Director of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA), Abdul Kalokoh, yesterday disclosed that they disbursed Le87 billion for maintenance of roads in the country in 2015.
Kalokoh said the 2011 National Rural Road Policy indicated that 20% of Road Maintenance Fund should be allocated to the nineteen (19) Local Councils for feeder roads rehabilitation.
He explained that the Le87 billion spent in 2015 was for the rehabilitation of many roads in capital city, Freetown, including the King Jimmy Bridge, Fourah Bay Road, Ross Road, and Kissy Road.
He said said the mandate of RMFA includes to collect, manage and disburse road maintenance revenue for the maintenance of township, highway and rural roads implemented by the Sierra Leone Road Authority, supervised by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).
Mr. Kalokoh further revealed that the RMFA had also allocated funds for the construction of 60.2 kilometer metre roads within Freetown during 2016, adding that the administration is now waiting for implementing agent, Sierra Leone Road Authority, to provide roads maintenance programmes to them before they could disburse fund for road works, including the Waterloo township roads, to commence in earnest.