By Sylvester Samba……………..
President Koroma cutting the tape whiles Dr. Kaifala Marah looks on
President Ernest Bai Koroma has commended the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah for being the lead pioneer in the ongoing construction of a bridge linking the Loma Mountain to the rest of the world. The turning of the sod which was done in Kabala by President Koroma on 29th December, 2015 was witnessed by senior government officials, authorities and residents across Koinadugu District.
Delivering his keynote address, the President said the “Bridging Bintumani” initiative by Dr. Marah was timely adding that the project is a national project which needs collective efforts. President Koroma also thanked the community people that are serving as volunteers to continue their efforts. He called on the people of Koinadugu to take advantage of the project and promised to engage with the district politicians towards the project.
Dr. Marah in his statement informed the people that he and his family have been working collectively to see through the project. He revealed that descendants of Koinadugu abroad are also contributing to the project as according to him, millions of Leones have been raised towards ‘Bridging Bintumani’.
He further expressed thanks and appreciation to the local people who also have been serving as volunteers in the project.
The bridge, Dr. Marah said will help change the lives of people and boost tourism in the country. The Finance Minister said he is thankful to God for providing the resources to do the roads in the said community, and that the cost of transportation has been reduced from Le100, 000 to Le15, 000.
The sum of Le250million has been raised by the Diaspora Chapter of BBC in a fundraising dinner organized recently. The North American Chapter pledged $10, 000 towards the project; whilst the European Chapter has received 1,200 bags of cement out of 5,000 bags and raised £5,000 for the project.
The Acting Tourism Minister, Madam Kadie Sesay, the Deputy Minister of Youth, Feremusu Konteh; the All Peoples Congress Party District Chairman in Koinadugu District, Dr. Fassineh Samura and Paramount Chief Fassalie Marah III of Neya Chiefdom lauded the project and pledged their support towards it success.
The Koinadugu District Council Chairman, Mr. Sheku Kamara said the project will bring relief to the Council because it will ease access for the supply of services to 22 communities.
It was a moment of celebration at Mamoria Badela Village in the Koinadugu District during the turning of the sod. It all started during his service at the Commonwealth Secretariat where Dr. Marah began putting mechanisms in place towards the project. Upon his resignation and subsequent appointment by President Koroma, Dr. Marah used over half of his benefit from his previous job at the Commonwealth Secretariat to buy some of the equipment for the rehabilitation of roads and construction of bridges.
This wonderful river after being bridged would connect Kono district in the East and about 22 other communities within Koinadugu District.
By Sylvester Samba……………..