Stakeholders end consultative meeting in constituency 105
Freetown, Feb. 21 (SLENA) – Member of Parliament representing constituency 105 in the central part of the capital and community stakeholders this past Wednesday concluded a one day consultative meeting in order to address burning issues affecting the development of the constituency.
While explaining the purpose of the meeting, Hon. Ibrahim Kamara informed his audience that a Sierra Leonean owned company has been awarded a contract to construct drainages and tar most of the streets in that part of the city and therefore called for the cooperation of all and sundry.
He said the constituency has experienced lot of constraints over the years, and as their representative he has played his own part. “ You too should do likewise,” he urged his constituents, adding that “the company and its contractors are all in this country and if they fail us they would have failed themselves, too just as other foreign companies have failed us in the past.”
He said the company has promised to provide more jobs for the youths and therefore called on them to render their service for the development of the constituency.
While welcoming contractors, Councilor Abu A. Khanu of Ward 374 expressed the hope that quality roads will be constructed this time so that they do not face the same embarrassment caused by foreign companies that constructed their streets. He assured that the contractors of community total support.
Project Manager from SLRA, Tamba Yongai said this was the first time Sierra Leoneans have been given the opportunity to show themselves and promised that the company will work to meet the expectations of the people, adding that the contract will help promote the local content policy of government.
Given a list of roads to be rehabilitated, Mr. Yongai said Macaulay Street, Mountain Cut, Kissy Road and Fourah Bay Road are among the streets to be targeted, saying the rehabilitation work will last for sixteen months.
He said they have informed Guma Valley and other utility providers to do their connections as after the construction process, there will be no digging of the roads.
Managing Director of BEGEC-TP Construction Company, Sean Parpah Chendeka, welcome any assistance from the community, adding that they will be changing the shallow drainages to wider ones and will be expecting community people to serve as monitors and gatekeepers for their equipment.
Host Councilor Abdul Karim Samura assured the contractors that the community will give their total support as long as the company is ready to work with the youths and other stakeholders, lamenting that most of the youths in the community lack jobs.
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