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Well-Guico makes progress on Koidu City roads

Well-Guico makes progress on Koidu City roads

The people of Koidu City in the District were very much delighted to see road construction work now getting into top gear.  This came about after the contractor, Well Group Sierra Leone Limited decided to partner with a Guinean construction company, Guicopres. ( Photo: Well-Guico’s Road construction in progress)

It can be recalled that the government of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma committed itself to construct roads in the city and provincial district headquarter towns across the country. Whilst other towns and cities received a facelift of five to ten kilometer roads to be constructed, the people of Koidu City were very much happy to have 20.46km roads to be rehabilitated.

Report reaching this press states that even though Well Group Limited was committed enough to have completed the project within the stipulated project duration, the good intention of this Sierra Leonean owned company was frustrated by some ill-motivated international subcontractors who think they can sabotage the image of Well Group. This led to accusing fingers been pointed at Well Group by those who think the sixteen main roads would have been completed long since after the required resources were given to the contractor.

What one would refer to as a restoration of lost glory came to the limelight after Well Group decided to partner with the largest construction company in Guinea that have constructed some major roads in some African countries. The Well-Guico partnership is been welcomed by authorities as well as grassroots in the whole Kono District.

Guinean born Prosper Noua is the Project manager of Well-Guico, and he informed this reporter that they have enough expertise and equipment to do the work.  So far, he said they are transporting their equipment from Guinea to Koidu City whilst work is in progress.

Well-Guico’s Road construction in progress

Well-Guico’s Road construction in progress

“We want to speed up work before the rains start, which will cause a bit of delay, especially work on the main road surface”, he said, and added that in spite of the fact that they started work some three weeks ago, they are very much hopeful that before the rains they would have almost completed the construction of thirty-nine culverts and three additional bridges. “I want the people of Kono to realize that things have changed in the contract and they should not hesitate to bring to our attention areas of lapses,” says, Mr. Noua.  The Project Manager revealed that the roads will serve for over fifty years if effective maintenance is carried out when the need arises. He pledged his company’s commitment to do an effective and efficient work for Sierra Leone.

One of the sub-contractors in the Koidu City Road Project, Mustapha Janneh said they are enjoying a very good working relationship with the Guineans.  He commended Well Group for selecting committed Kono people to serve as sub contractors in the project.  These sub contractors; he said are willing to work for their native land.  There are presently about twenty three sub-contractors doing a fantastic work on the sixteen roads in Koidu City, prominent amongst which is the 5.82km Kainkordu Road that stretches almost to the Kono-Guinea border.

Well-Guico has completed a works yard at Dorma Area in Koindu Town where equipments are currently been put together and also a quarry that is located about five miles from Koidu City is being prepared.

The company’s Chief Engineer said they are very happy too for receiving state of the art equipments from Guinea to speed up work in that part of the country.  Julius Harding said the arrival of the asphaltic plant and crusher shows that work will soon be completed.  He explained that the asphaltic plant does the premixing of tar and other mixtures for road construction, whilst the mobile crusher is brand new equipment that will be taken from one point to another to do crushing of stone. He assured that more engineers and equipments are expected to arrive.  “I want to assure the people of Kono that the partnership between Well Group and Guicopres shows that work is on top gear,” he said.

Council Francis Tamba Foyoh commended Well-Guico for making them proud of a very good work done on the roads. He recalled that the project almost came to a halt, which caused most of them to bow their heads in shame. “Now that work is moving at a faster pace, we can now lift our heads high and support the company to give us good roads,” he said.

by James Bundu

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