By: Amara Kargbo
The government, through the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA ) with support from development partners is preparing to launch the construction of the 56 kilometer Kailahun-Koindu Road.
In one of the meetings held with stakeholders at the Kailahun District Council hall on the 29th August 2019, the Director General of SLRA, Ing. Amara Jambai Kanneh, said that the people of Kailahun and Koindu have been experiencing injustice for years that sometime discouraged them with poor road network being no exception.
SLRA, AfDB and others, according to him, have demonstrated commitment to construct the road which will also include the Koindu Road to the Liberian border.
The Kailahun-Koindu road project will extend to Yenga which will attract investors and yield significant economic dividend through the Koindu International Market and other ventures, he assured.
Abu Sandy Bockarie, Team Leader, African Development Bank (AfDB) Mission, said their presence in Sierra Leone is to support the country specifically in areas that are deprived.
The AfDB, he furthered, uses a bottom-top approach to examine how the road condition has been affecting the people and how it has restricted them from their wants and needs because AfDB needs to be convinced before it can lend support.
He underscored that AfDB also wants the voice of the beneficiaries to be heard with regards what they want to be in the Kailahun-Koindu Road project, saying women and girls are more considered in designing the road project with focus on how the road will benefit market women and other young people especially bike riders.
Representatives from the Mano River Union (MRU) assured that the Kailahun-Koindu road project will promote peace, security, development and trade among the people in the neighboring countries.
Kailahun and Koindu stakeholders expressed delight over the project and called for facilities including hospitals, electricity, schools, pipe borne water, markets and other basic necessities that will enhance their wellbeing.