Koroma’s Diary – His Government of National Construction
In the eve of opening the Second Parliament of the Third Republic, President Koroma did say his government would give a maximum trend on the level of infrastructure the country has had. This follows his announcement that a total of forty eight trunk roads would be rehabilitated in the Western Area for a certain time frame. Some of these roads would have been part of the legacy projects set aside to mark the country’s fifty years of self rule, upon attaining independence in 1962, but could not set the pace even after the whole event has passed off.
Keeping trends on same, his 2012 Fiscal Year budget plan made priority on infrastructure explicit. Much is heard already about the abandoning of some project, while we still have these roads mentioned uncompleted. Freetonians have perceived the concept of roads rehabs in two ways: one is the socio-economic pressure on the level of needs, and the second being the eco-tourism attraction and business concentration. Many goods are being brought to the city via its east route where the streets are tightly carved to traffic attraction. The clamor has been on the renaissance of the old road project which would provide an alternative to the traffic congestion. The blossoming population in the east outskirts of Freetown draws near the attendant needs of widening the main streets for its commercial viability. The west part of the city is equal importance having the epicenter of building the city’s beauty face. It goes long range with the Herculean task to attract tourists in a wholesome way. Perhaps it could be the reason more, why the government decides to widen the Wilkinson Road trunk road leading to the historic beaches into a much said four lanes.
Much is seen in this commitment as the hillside bypass road, the Kenema Pendebu Road, the completion of the Gbalamuya border post road project and lot more have been put on focus. The area of infrastructure cutting from roads, buildings and recreational centers are spell marks that would checkmate the president’s achievements before he exits the seat of power. Enough with this already, next we move to discuss his commitment on the provision of electricity. There is dream quest to encourage foreign direct investment on trade, industrialization, extractives, tertiary corporate cutting across the different cadres. Electricity has been one of the commodities the Koroma led administration has invest on greatly. I crave your indulgence readers, please pardon to say I’ll bring you details of president Koroma’s involvement in this whole electricity deal to make the commodity available. Trust you would have a chronicle of what was entailed in the income electrix deal saga, the Morocco, project, the Chinese loan and the infamous much trumpeted Bumbuna success.
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With Abu Bakarr Sulaiman Tarawally
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