In his usual strive to attend to the needs of his Goderich Community coupled by ready support from the village headman and community people, the only opposition SLPP councilor in the Western Rural District Council on Saturday 4th September 2010 launched the construction project of a community bridge he singularly funded that links Funkia to the rest of Freetown. Now a household name in Funkia, Councilor Ibrahim Kabba aka ‘Small Borbor’ of Ward 331 in Constituency 92 actualized a long awaited dream of the locals when he decided to provide Le.60, 000, 000 (Sixty Million Leones) funding for the project.
“Everybody in this community-traders, fishermen and workers have been longing to see this project implemented,” Village headman Mustapha Papa Kamara said at the project site, adding that the bridge was so strategically located that nobody or vehicle enters the village without crossing it. He expressed his gratefulness to Councilor Small Borbor for funding the bridge construction after four years since it partly collapsed, causing a lot of inconvenience for pedestrians and vehicles. He said more importantly the reconstruction of the bridge will help attract tourists and investors who had long stopped visiting that fish rich community for fear of the death trap. “After of numerous calls by the community on the authorities concerned, we need to praise and thank Councilor Kabba for using his hard earned money to fund this project,” he noted. He said amongst the several government ministers, parliamentarians and councilors within the Goderich Community that everyday pass through the dilapidated bridge, none had ever thought of helping them except Small Borbor.
In his short comment, Councilor Ibrahim Kabba said Le60m project he has decided to undertake is on behalf of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party in line with the party’s readiness at all times to answer to the cries of people. He said since he was elected, one of the major concerns brought to him by his subjects among the many constraints was the reconstruction of the bridge. “I am happy to say that I have almost succeeded in addressing most of the constraints, especially with the reconstruction of this bridge,” he told his audience. He assured of more developmental projects if given a second chance in politics.
Everybody expressed happiness for the councilor for such philanthropic gesture to the community. One Madam Soffie Robert who said is being often affected by flood with her house close to the dilapidated bridge could not hide her feeling when she said “Councilor Kabba has proven to us that there are very good and development oriented individuals within the SLPP and we will surely give him a second chance in politics.”
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