Sierra Leone MP Spits fire
Member of Parliament for Constituency 034 in Bombali District, Hon. Albert Deen Kamara on 21st July 2017 addressed contractors and project engineers of Linking Famers to the Market (LAF) through a joint Parliamentary Oversight meeting. The meeting was Co-chaired by Hon. Kombor Kamara of Constituency 056, Lokomasama in Port-Loko district and Hon. Alimamy G. Kargbo of Constituency 099 Western Area Urban at the New Administrative Parliament Building, OAU Drive, Tower Hill, Freetown. (Photo: Deputy Chairman on Works, Housing and Infrastructure Hon. Albert Deen Kamara)
The joint Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Works Housing and Infrastructural and Committee on Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) cautioned local contractors on the basis of their current status reports regarding signed contracts that are been awarded to them. Hon. Albert Deen stated that at that at the end of the day either a substandard work or variations that will go close to the original cost of the project are been done.
He told contractors that those that are fond of such practice should desist henceforth as the Committee is poised to make sure that jobs are completed.
Hon. Albert D. Kamara expressed his dissatisfaction and frowned at several Consultants and Engineers as well as road contractors for lack of improper documentation amongst others.
He therefore stands down and ordered with referral dates for further investigations as he expressed their dissatisfaction that out of 40% disbursement of funds; majority were unable to perform and deliver to expectation.
Hon Kombor said the joint Committee falls under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture particularly things that borders around farming.
Chairman on Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Hon. Almamy G. Kargbo described the meeting as a step in the right direction.
He commended government as responsible towards the development of agriculture in ensuring roads accessibility to every corner of the country.
He added that when roads are not available and sustainable, commodities and other consumable goods become more expensive.
The contractors including RAM KAMARA Construction Company, M. J Construction, Leone Construction and Enterprise, KAM Enterprise, amongst several others expressed challenges including delay of accessing funds and difficulties in accessing local building materials to the project sites.
The Clerk of Committee, Augustine A. Sesay administered the oath of affirmation and reproduction of documents for the purpose of the Committee to do their work pursuant to Section 107, Sub-sections (1) and (2a) and (b) of Act No: 6 of 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone to provide or account on their respective institutions based upon the policy objective of government under their current leadership.
By: Mohamed Y. Turay
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