March 27, 2019
By Dusuba Koroma
Finance Manager at the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA), Clifford Williams, has testified before Justice Biobele Commission that the administration disbursed the total sum of Le 26 Billion to the Ministry Of Youth Affairs (MoYA) in relation to the Youth in Drainage project.
Williams made the above revelation when he was asked by State Counsel, Kadija Bangura, to provide the sum total of all disbursement sent to the said project since its inception to date.
Williams narrated that he has been working at the RMFA since 2015, adding that as part of his job description, he assists the Director of Finance in compiling the annual budget, as well as the monthly, quarterly and yearly financial report of RMFA.
On the issue of funds disbursement, the witness stated that Section 9, subsection 2 of the RMFA Act of 2010, authorises them to provide funding for the maintenance of core road networks in Sierra Leone.
In her cross examination, Lawyer Bangura tendered documents showing evidences of payments made to the Youth in Drainage Clearing Project, together with a sum total of Le 268 million for administrative cost.
The witness also stated that the RMFA was also funding MASADA, the company that was complementing the work of the Youth in Debris Collection.
“The contract we had with MASADA was to collect the debris after the youth must have cleared it from the drainages to a designated place, while the company took the debris to the dump site,” he said.