Residents of Masumana and Magbeni Villages Cry for Better Road Network
This medium can publicly reveal that thousands of residents from Masumana Junction to Magbeni Village at Koya Chiefdom in Port Loko District, have recently cried bitterly to the government of Sierra Leone, through its line Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), especially the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Sierra Leone Road Authority (SLRA) and Road Maintenance Funds (RMF) to construct better road network to reduce transportation expenses or fares and other economic burdens.
These crying testimonies were made public during a football tour that was organized by management of the Sierra Leone Polio Football Club (SLPFC), in collaborations with Harass Money Entertainment Club at Koya & Maforkie Chiefdoms respectively, where disable players were stranded at the Masumana Junction to Magbeni Village as a result of bad road network.
According to residents from both villages, the bad road network from Masumana Junction to Magbeni had actually affected their daily movements in diverse ways, noting that if government does not concentrate on this road construction, hundreds of school going pupils will be deprived from accessing the Free Quality School Education initiated by President Julius Maada Bio, early in 2018.
The angry residents went further to say that they have been neglected by both past and present administration, not only in the area of road construction, but also in other sectors like electricity supply, water, education and health.
“Are we not citizens of this nation that are supposed to benefit from our natural resources like any other dignified citizens? We want to get better roads, education, health, water and affordable electricity supply”, Innocent Voters noted.
They said the bad road network has disturbed their daily activities, especially for school going pupils, market women and other workers, who usually travel from one point to another for daily sustenance.
However, the dissatisfied village dwellers told this medium that the bad road network is sometimes usually better for them in the dry season than in the rains, because it is always more difficult for bikes, cars and Mini-buses to enter villages during the rains, due to the deep potholes with rough narrow bridges.
They went further to testify that sand mining and other activities are some of the factors that had contributed to the destruction of the road network in diverse ways, with rough potholes across the road, adding that most times these unlawful sand mining activities usually course major accidents for pedestrians, commercial drivers and bike riders, because of the constant movement of heavy weight trucks and caterpillar machines.
They concluded by calling on the attention of government, through the Ministry of Works, Housing & Infrastructural Development, the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Ministry of Transport & Aviation (MTA) and other line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), especially the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), and the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF), to quickly look into their request and help to salvage the unfortunate situation which had almost depreciated their economic activities and livelihood, noting that the bad road network had also frustrated school going pupils, commercial drivers, bike riders and business women from moving from one place to another, due to daily transportation calamity.
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