By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) in Moyamba has told Concord Times that the Moyamba to Shenge road is among roads that would be maintenance in 2014.
Sorie Ibrahim Kanu assured this reporter that the maintenance work would be carried out before the rains set in.
It could be recalled that the government of Sierra Leone had in 2009 promised to rehabilitate the Moyamba to Shenge road, which was in a very terrible state. During the rains last year, no commercial vehicle was able to ply the road as it was risky to do so. Even four-wheel drive vehicles by NGOs were finding it difficult to enter the township of Shenge to render humanitarian services to the people due to the poor state of the road.
The transportation fare from Moyamba to Shenge on commercial motorbikes currently stands at Le50,000; before now it was between Le20,000 and Le25,000 when the road was open to vehicular traffic.
Meanwhile, Paramount Chief of Kargboro Chiefdom, PC Doris Lengah Koroma, has expressed optimism that the rehabilitation of the road would start within the next two months, as she strongly believes that the government would live up to its promise.
The traditional ruler said she has suggested to Zircon mining company to divert the money set aside for the construction of the road to be used for the construction of two bridges in the chiefdom, and also for the maintenance of the main administrative court barray in Shenge town.
Meanwhile, some residents of the chiefdom have accused the paramount chief of earlier halting the company from embarking on the constructing of the 54-mile road “for selfish reasons”.
PC Koroma, however, denied the allegation saying she only asked the company to divert the money towards another project to avoid duplication of projects.