Chairman condemns SLRA devolution
The newly inaugurated Chairman of Bo District Council, Joseph Munda Bindi, has said that until and unless central government practicalizes the devolution of some of the functions of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) to local councils, the setback of inaccessibility will continue to plague all development packages to many parts of Bo District and other areas.
Mr. Bindi made the statement during his New Year message to the people of Bo District.
The new Chairman emphasized that farmers who form the bulk of the population in the district can hardly realize the full benefit of their farming activities in the absence of good road networks to the markets, adding that many children, the aged, and the disabled, can still not access good medical services due to the sad fact that very deplorable roads have rendered many chiefdoms inaccessible to NGOs and other service providers.
‘No qualified teacher, nurse or other community worker wants to be marooned in a rural community with little chance of accessing the attractions of urban life,’ Bindi stated categorically.
He noted that in principle the SLRA was devolved to local councils few years back but that the delay in practicalizing the devolution process remains the bane to rural development.
Bindi concluded by expressing fear that bad road network will surely encumber the councils development programmes unless government hastens to practicalize the devolution of SLRA to local councils.
By Joseph Milton Lebbie
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