On 17th October, 2020 the Director of the National Authorising Office Ambrose James joined the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai Kai together with other stakeholders on a joint visit to the proposed EU funded Joint Border Post site in Jendema, Pujehun District, South of Sierra Leone.
The visit was to identify and select site location, prepare the design studies for the establishment of the Joint Border Post project between Sierra Leone and Liberia. The EU is supporting this project in order for the two countries to attain a functional regional economic and business environment through the development of a border crossing infrastructure that would facilitate inter-state trade and free movement that will ensure a well-connected corridor that would aid transit traffic along the entire corridor.
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai Kai said with the establishment of the border post structure, including the EU road works now approaching Jendema, this would enable the border town to become a great city in the near future.Dr. Kai Kai said a general layout of buildings and facilities, detailed architectural drawings, engineering designs, civil structural and electrometrical drawings among other things would be carefully looked into in order to ensure that issues, such as, flooding and other environmental hazards do not affect the JBP after it has been constructed.
After the site inspection with the Technical Team, where several assessments were made, the Minister held a debrief with the team, including NAO, SLRA, CSE and other relevant MDAs to make key decisions, such as, providing cadastral plans of the site, transferring ownership of the sites to the ECOWAS Commission, compensation and resettlement of affected persons by the construction of the JBP by the end of October, 2020.