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In Sierra Leone, SLRTC Poised For 50th Independence Anniversary
By Momoja Lappia
Jul 29, 2010, 17:14
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The Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation the Awareness Times has learnt is determined despite financial constraints to provide citizens and over five hundred expected invitees conducive transportation services during the coming 50th Independence celebrations.


This was revealed by the Corporations Public Relations Officer, Abdul Aziz Bangura past Friday 23rd July this year during a restricted interview at their PWD Old Road headquarters in Freetown.


Mr. Bangura disclosed currently there are renovating bus stations across the country and intend reinstituting bus halts and stops. This he said has resulted to the removal of illegal disabled squatters from SLRTC bus stations along Wallace Johnson Street and Shell in Freetown. The renovation work he said are solely undertaken by their workshop trainees with fund from the corporations meager resources. He therefore called on business houses who might want to use the bus stations, halts and stops for advertisements in the future to assist them financially. The Public Relations Officer claimed that when the project would have been completed it will ease traffic congestion, ensure safety of clients, and end undue queuing of ticket buyers.


Responding to why SLRTC has withdraw buses from places like Moyamba and Kambia, the institutions General Manager, Mr.Bockarie Lewis Kamara it is because of poor passenger turnout in these parts of the country.


It has been unprofitable sending buses to these areas because of not getting the required capacity of passengers. Since we were not recovering our overhead costs we thought it prudent to halt our services in those areas for now, the General Manager proffered.


However, Mr. Bockarie Lewis Kamara called on aggrieved inhabitants of Kambia, Moyamba, and Eastern Freetown to exercise patience because apart from on going maintenance of faulty buses, President Ernest Bai Koroma in collaboration with the Minister of Transport and Aviation, and SLRTC Board of Directors have consented to provide more buses ahead of the 50th Independence Anniversary.


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