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Koidu City road construction intensifies

Koidu City road construction intensifies

The 20km road construction project presently ongoing in Koidu city has improved immensely as the Well-Guico Sierra Leone has shipped in state of the earth construction equipment to fast track the project.  Work in progress in the four lane Kaikundu road in Kono

In her statement during the unannounced visit of the Deputy Minister of Works, Housing, and Infrastructure, Mr. Babgaldeh Bah in Kono township over the last weekend, the Sierra Leonean born General Manager of Well-Guico company Aminata Bangura revealed that the company is doing all it can to ensure that they fast track the pace of the work on the road.  She maintained that they are already on the verge of completing almost all the culverts across the project areas and they are working assiduously in ensuring that they complete the remaining bridges.  GM Bangura assured that they have all it takes as a company to do the job and they will ensure that they delivered.

In his statement the Deputy Minister explained that they are impressed with the pace at which the road construction work is going, and his ministry will ensure that they continue to monitor the company so that the work will be done on time.  He used the forum as an opportunity to call on the people of Kono to be patient with the company as “road construct is not something that can be done overnight, we need quality and durable roads in the city of Koidu and we will ensure that by December 2013 the road should be commissioned”.  He urged the company to continue their hard work as the people of Kono and the government is anxiously looking forward to the completion of the project.

The Managing Director Well-Guico Mr. Sah Ngegba assured the people of Kono and the government of their continued determination in ensuring that they provide one of the best feudal roads in the country. He went on to state that the company is presently at the tail part in preparing the roads for the final tarring, which according to him will be done as soon as they finish installing their crushing machine at the company quarry site.  He confirmed that over the weekend they had their first blasting at the quarry in preparing for the work ahead and they will continue to do more blasting so as to get more stones for the roads.  He appealed to the people of Kono to be supportive and patient as road construction work should not be done in haste as that will lead to poor work.  “As a son of Kono I want to ensure that Kono has one of the best city roads in the country, and I will make sure that by the end of the year the people of Kono celebrate a new tar road”.  The Sierra Leonean MD used the forum to explain that his company has helped in capacitating most of the local sub contractots in the township of Kono.

The Project Manager Well-Guico Mr. Prosper Noua explained that they have enough expertise and equipment to do the work.  So far, he said they are transporting more equipment from Guinea to Koidu City whilst heavy work is 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, adding that 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.

By James Bundu

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