The Minister of Finance representing the government of Sierra Leone, Dr. Kaifala Marah has signed the contract for the construction of the Bandajuma to Liberia highway with the Regional Director of Compagnie Sahelienne D’Enterprises (CSE), Mamadou Demba Sow yesterday at the Vice President’s office.

Bandajuma-Liberia Highway

In his short address before the signing ceremony, VP Victor Foh said he is very happy that the road is finally going to be paved because of the importance it has to the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia.

He said he is an indigene from that area and the construction of the road has nothing to do with politics, but development that President Koroma has sets his sight on to achieve.

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The Vice President said he is happy that the five chiefs have given the go ahead and he urged CSE to start work as soon as possible. “We want you to do a good job and the three bridges you are going to build must be better than what the ISU Company has done in Daru. We trust you as you have been doing quality work in Sierra Leone and this time you will not fail us.”

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Kailfala Marah, said this project would have started long ago, but because of the ebola it was delayed.

“The estimated cost for this road is approximately 105 million Euros. Am action fische for the sum of 62.2 million Euros from the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) and Sierra Leone’s 10th EDF National Indicative Programme (NIP) to partly finance the work has been approved. The balance funding of 43 million Euros has been allocated from the Sierra Leone’s 11th EDF NIP to complete the works”

The European Head of Delegation, Ambassador Peter Versteeg, in his remarks, said that EU has been one of the principal contributors to the development of infrastructure in Sierra Leone and will continue to support the government to deliver on the infrastructure pillar of the Agenda for Prosperity.

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“With this important project, most of the regional roads between Guinea and Liberia will have been rehabilitated with grants from the EU during the last 10 years. This includes the Masiaka to Lunsar, then onto Makeni and continues to Kabala. The Rogbere Guinea road was completed in 2011.”

The EU boss said they have also completed the Masiaka Bo highway in 2010 and they will soon start the Bandajuma Liberia highway as they have just signed the contract. “This new project is the largest infrastructure project funded by the EU in Sierra Leone.”

The Regional Director of CSE Mamadou Demba Sow averred that this is another opportunity given to them by the government and EU, so they will continue to work so that every Sierra Leonean will be pleased with them.

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“As a contractor, we can only pledge our commitment to complete the works within the allocated time and this we so pledge. Notwithstanding, we prevail on all stakeholders, be it the government, the donor and entities as well as the supervising engineers to play their individual roles in creating the enabling environment for the timely realization of this very important project and as a team, we are committed to a successful project.”

The Regional Director said they want to assure all that their unwavering support and commitment to the development agenda they will work towards. He said as they have signed the contract the project will soon start and they will make sure they give back the best to the people of Sierra Leone.