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Engineers condemn sub-standard infrastructural projects in Sierra Leone

Engineers condemn sub-standard infrastructural projects in Sierra Leone

Freetown, March  (SLENA) – The Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers has condemned all the infrastructural sub-standard buildings and other projects going on in Sierra Leone.

This pronouncement was made during discussions with the Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure at the Ministry’s conference room at New England in Freetown.

In his address, Works, Housing and Infrastructure Minister, Alimamy P. Koroma (photo) said he was very gratified by the concerns of such a body of engineers brought to the attention of his ministry over the sub-standard of buildings and other projects.

He revealed that in the soonest possible time the ministry would be conducting effective monitoring exercise to ensure adherence to the mandate of the Building Regulation Control Act, emphasizing that before any issuance of a building permit, the Applicant must first abide strictly by the procedure by producing correct documents to the ministry.

Mr. Koroma noted that very soon the ministry would all work in close collaboration with the Institute of Engineers especially in addressing multi-storey buildings before construction starts.

He also lauded them for their initiative in coming together to formulate a proposal that will make a difference in Sierra Leone in terms of standards in infrastructure.

The President of the Institute, Badamasie Savage said they are ready to help government in order to have value for money by addressing all problems that are sub-standard regarding infrastructural projects.

He went on to say that most of the contractors do not go by specification when putting up structures.

Mr. Savage called on the minister to quickly work on their draft Amendment Professional Engineers Registration Council Act, which will help them to operate as a full entity.


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