From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, Minister urges engineers to join infrastructural Development
By Aruna Turay
Jun 24, 2010, 17:08

The Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Hon. Alimamy Philip Koroma has expressed dissatisfaction over what he referred to as the poor response by engineers towards what is supposed to be their responsibility in Sierra Leone’s development.

The Minister made this expression while addressing executives and members of the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers (SLIE) during the official launch of a three-day Biennial Conference of their association at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom in Freetown on Wednesday 23rd June 2010.

According to the Minister, services such as water, waster management, electricity, housing, roads, and telecommunication all under the purview of engineering are primordial in the development of any nation, but unfortunately, he went on, Sierra Leone did an X-ray in these areas of this country and proved that, electricity supply is insignificant and only in Freetown, pipe-bourn water is only available in parts of the city and only for sometimes of the day. He said in the area of telecommunication only telex is in use while land phones have disappeared, and that in housing, buildings are disordered, no planning, no standards observed. Above all he stated that  tarmac roads total only a few kilometers, while the rest are either potholes, gravel or bush paths. “For engineers operating in Sierra Leone where such situation exists is very unacceptable,” he said.

However, the Minister commended the membership of the institution for the establishment and sustainability of the institute, while expressing hope that in this years’ biennial conference, engineers will come up with suggestions for Government’s consideration for further ways of financing infrastructural developments.

For his part, the President Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers Mr. T. Pratt said this conference is about financing infrastructural development in Sierra Leone. He said it is significant that engineers hold conference not only on technical aspects of infrastructural development, but also on the financial dimensions. He said the conference is aimed at debating the challenges faced by Sierra Leone and the sub-region and for mapping out a way forward with mobilizing domestic financial resources for infrastructural development among others.

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