October 19, 2015 By Regina Pratt
Koinadugu residents around the Bagbe/Baffin Rivers will soon have a 95-metre concrete bridge through the Bintumani bridge construction project, according to chairman of BridgingBintumani Communities, Olu Beckley.
Mr. Beckley was speaking last Friday at the Harry Yansaneh Hall, headquarters of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), on Campbell Street in Freetown. He said the project was envisioned by Dr. Kaifala Marah with support from other descendants of the district to connect the two rivers.
He said the project would entail grading the remaining 14.6km road which, according to him, would contribute to improving education, service, health and clean drinking water, reduce travel time, provide access to markets for major producers of vegetables and meat, and open up the vast touristic potentials of the district.
He enthused that the project would transform the lives of residents, adding that there was need to improve the lives and livelihoods of people in the district.
Deputy chairman for the project, Dr. Sheku Sesay, congratulated the ‘Bridging Bintumani Communities’ group for the work done.
“Bintumani is a volcanic peak which has a very big game reserve and we know what this game can do to eco-tourism,” he said.
Dr. Sesay said the hammock bridge that links Bagbe and Baffin Rivers should be preserved.
Tourism Minister, Mrs. Kadi Sesay, said Koinadugu was a land of powerful mixture because of its rich cultural communities.
She commended the family of Dr. Kaifala Marah, friends and team for their venture, noting that her ministry would give all the support needed to attract tourists in the district.
She promised to discuss the Bintumani project with donors, adding that she would also table the Eco-tourism Policy in the next Cabinet meeting.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Sayoh Kamara said the construction of the bridge would help connect the rest of Sierra Leone with over 22 communities and an estimated 2,000 Sierra Leoneans who have been cut off from mainland Koinadugu district, adding that people used to walk for miles to access basic commodities in Kabala, headquarters of the district.