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Le2bn for Mototoka-Kono highway maintenance

Le2bn for Mototoka-Kono highway maintenance

The Director of Road Maintenance Funds Administration, Abdul Kalokoh has disclosed that government is committed to disburse Le2 Billion to repair the Mototoka-Kono highway before the start of the rains.

He made this disclosure when the deputy minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Abdul B. Barrie led a team of professionals from the ministry and the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) for an inspection tour to assess the current status of the road.

Mr. Kalokoh said the people of Kono had suffered for quite too long from traveling on a deplorable road condition, adding that government is putting all modalities in place to address proper traveling facility throughout the rainy season.

He went on to say that it is a big surprise in seeing vehicles plying the route on a two hour drive from Makeni to Kono which, before the maintenance, it took some drivers seven hours for the same distance.

In his remarks, deputy minister of works, Abdul B. Barrie said he was quite impressed with the maintenance work done by SALCOST and the Mechanical Services Unit (MSU) under the supervision of SLRA which has made life very simple for people plying that route.

The deputy minister said he admired the great work done at the critical entry point of Makeni town where vehicles got stuck for two weeks or more.

He assured government would give all necessary attention in maintaining the said highway as Kono is a very strategic economic town in Sierra Leone.

The SLRA District Engineer, Kai Kamanda revealed that the heavy duty overloaded trucks are contributing to the damage caused on the road, emphasizing that SLRA is working in close collaboration with SALCOST to maintain the road even after the rains.

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