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Road Maintenance Fund Administration updates Kenema Media

Road Maintenance Fund Administration updates Kenema Media

Head of Media relations of the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA), Ms. Kumba M. Brewah on 19th July, 2013 at Kenema City Council councilors`s chamber updated a cross-section of journalists on the newly established road institution named Road Maintenance Fund Administration which is charged with the power to take governance of road maintenance activities within the country.

Addressing a battery of pressmen, Ms. Kumba M. Brewah made a brief historical analysis on the formation/establishment of this RMFA which she said for 27 years was under the full mandate or purview of the Sierra Leone  Road Authority (SLRA) but due to so many other responsibilities SLRA has, which are overloading their operations, and this led the APC government and international Donors to establish this RMFA and delegated roads maintenance responsibilities to them. She further revealed that RMFA source of revenue came from SLRA, license percentages, fuel selling percentage were deducted from the operation of the above for their operation.

Ms Kumba M. Brewah said to actualize their road maintenance responsibilities, the RMFA has allocated the sum of Le 9,619,742,040 and has disbursed the sum of Le 1,442,961,306 to 17 local councils, for the maintenance of feeder roads nationwide. She strongly stressed that this allocation and disbursement is consistent with the government’s policy and devolution of maintenance of rural feeder roads to local councils.

The mouth piece of the RMFA, Ms. Kumba M. Brewah intimated to press men that out of the funds approved from these 17 local councils, each council has received 15% as a test case to see their performances which will motivate RMFA to release the balance 85% to them.

She said the road maintenance was under SLRA but since government has saw the needs to separate this road maintenance from SLRA operations to avoid monopoly, she pleaded to all the councils to properly utilize the funds in an effectiveness, transparent and accurate manner. She thanked government, SLRA, SLRTA, fuel terminal, donors and other people for their support.

By Kamal M Barrie, Kenema

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