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Potholes Minister Faces Parliament Today
Works Minister Alimamy Koroma today faces parliament owing to delay in the construction of roads, mending of potholes on streets etc.
In a letter written by the clerk of parliament, it is stated that members in the parliamentary oversight committee on works and infrastructure want the Minister appear before them to explain reasons linking delay in the construction of roads and the thousands of potholes found on city streets.
That pursuant to sub section 107 of the 1991 constitution, the office of the clerk of parliament was directed to refer to the above ministry, and to summon the minister of works to an emergency meeting today at 12:00.
The letter further revealed that the director general Sierra Leone Roads Authority, Munda Rogers, has also been summoned to parliament too.
Reference must be drawn to outcries by the public as to the spate of thousands of unpleasant potholes on streets of Freetown, which according to the SLRA director amounted to 50,000 and more.
Recently, the minister was in studios of radio democracy where incidentally he admitted in an interview that there have been delays in the completion of roads under construction, but did not give any convincing reason for such.
Reminiscing minister Alimamy’s activities as he at one time acts as country’s trade minister, it is a fact he once received a sum totaling L880, 000,000 from a mining company as startup payment for the construction of a contemporary market for people of Freetown, but did not do it at all.
It could be recalled also that some two to three years ago, government through its previous minister of information and communication, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said, “In 18 months, 36 four lane roads will be constructed throughout the country.”
I.B Kargbo told Sierra Leoneans that the roads in Freetown will be funded locally; from country’s consolidated funds.
As Sierra Leoneans await the works’ minister meeting with parliament today, people say parliamentarians should compel government sack him, if he fails explain reasons surrounding the delay in the construction of roads and the proliferation of potholes on city streets.