Members of the Board of Directors and Management of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) yesterday May 14th 2015 paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Eastern Province, Hon. Maya Moiwo Kaikai at his official lodge in Kenema.
Briefing the minister about their visit to the eastern region especially Kenema and Kailahun districts, the Board Chairman of SLRA, Hon. Arthur Simeon Harvey, said their visit is to look at the five kilometers of paved road that was constructed by SALCOST. Mr Harvey also used the opportunity to introduce some of the newly appointed members of the Board to Minister Kaikai.
The SLRA Board Chairman said they want to see the road networks in the two districts and identify problems so they will fast track the solutions of such problems before the rainy season commences proper.
Responding, Hon. Maya Moiwo Kaikai welcomed the SLRA delegation and described their exercise as important and timely.
Minister Kaikai pointed out that such move by the SLRA bosses will help them to get first hand knowledge of any bad work down rather staying in Freetown and be possibly misled by reliance on reports given to them by the contractors.
He gave an update of the present situation on the progress made so far on the Kenema - Pendembu highway during which he commended the Korean ISU company for a job well done for people of the eastern region.
Minister Kaikai appealed to the SLRA management to consider ISU on future road construction projects in the country especially the proposed second part of the highway that will stretch from Pendembu right into Koindu in Kissi Teng chiefdom.
He said to achieve President Koroma agenda for prosperity every area needs to be brought on board the development train. He however expressed dismay over the limited numbers of kilometers of roads that are being improved on within the Kenema city and Kailahun town. He thus pleaded with SLRA to add more roads for constructions to particularly Kenema City which is the regional headquarters of the East.
The Eastern Minister reminded the SLRA team not to forget that President Koroma’s development Agenda has no regional boundary. He furthered that the Agenda for Prosperity was not limited by political party colours.
Continuing his advocacy, the Minister also pleaded with SLRA to consider the maintenance of the Pendembu-Kailahun axis of the road before the rains. He said even though that axis will eventually be constructed to world standards like the one now being done for Kenema–Pendembu axis, however he urged that something must be done for now to make the road more traversable as it is an economically vital transportation segment for the farmers in that agricultural breadbasket district.
Later, the SLRA delegation was taken on a tour of the roads inside Kenema City by the Chief Regional Engineer, Mr. Alpha Kobba and the Kenema District Engineer, Mr. Edmond Tommy.
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