After series of internal discussions between National Authorising Office and Sierra Leone Roads Authority, this morning members from the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone headed by the EU Head of Cooperation Gerald Hatler, National Authorising Office Director, Ambrose James and his deputy Robert Ganda and the Director of Planning, Policy and Research at the Sierra Leone Roads Authority, Engineer Vandy French met with the Minister of Finance Denis Vandi, Financial Secretary, Sahr Jusu and other top economists at the Ministry of Finance and discussed on how to construct the first part of the road from Makoloh junction, Songo and to the new Koblo-Gulama bridge (formerly Mabang bridge) along the Songo-Moyamba road with leftover funds from the “Moyamba Town-Moyamba Junction Road and Bridges Project funded under the European Union support to the Infrastructure Sector in Sierra Leone.
At the commissioning of the new double lane Koblo-Gulama bridge on 8 July 2022, H.E the President Brig. Rtd. Dr. Julius Maada Bio was concerned about the road leading to the newly constructed bridge, and urged that discussions be held with our partners to find ways for the construction of the road, for the benefit of communities and to help harness the wider economic potential of that region.
The 14Km road stretch will be a joint funding approach between Government of Sierra Leone and European Union with assurance and commitment from both parties. During the meeting, both the EU and the Ministry of Finance agreed on next steps to be followed up on before construction work commences.
“Moyamba Town-Moyamba Junction Roads and Bridges” project also includes the 32.8 km Moyamba Town and Moyamba Junction road, 36-metre span Gbangbama Bridge and 42-metre span Moyamba Bridge all funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
At the National Authorising Office (NAO), under the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MOPED) we continue to facilitate Government of Sierra Leone and European Union development cooperation for the benefit of Sierra Leone.