The indefatigable Director General of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), Madam Memunatu Jalloh, has expressed astonishing admiration for the strides which the current SLPP led Government has taken, under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio, especially in the areas of fiscal discipline and robust resource mobilization.
She sincerely intimated that with such commendable strides the Government will definitely be at a vantage position to fund road projects across the country.
“I am sick and tired of seeing us going out every time to beg for support in order to undertake certain project sometimes with conditions given us which are not time friendly thereby militating against timely completion of these projects,” she bemoaned further making an appeal for serious support to be accorded her institution in order to efficiently and effectively perform.
Madam Jalloh pointed out how within the shortest possible time she has come to appreciate the show of cooperation so far demonstrated by the current Minister of Works, Raymond De Souza George and his Deputy Melrose Kargbo commending them for being interactive and always attentive.
“The two always come up with brilliant suggestions, ask critical questions and together we have been able to map out strategies as to how we will successfully roll out projects,” she said with utmost satisfaction.
The Director General also praised her able Think Tank at SLRA of which one key component is the Operations Department furthering that together with colleagues like Samuel Lewis and John Kamara they think and plan before implementation.
“It is refreshing to see what you have planned and put on paper being successfully implemented,” she said with the taint of professionalism.
Memunatu Jalloh revealed how very soon the country will for the first time experience what she described as a “bridge over land” meaning a ‘Fly over road’ underscoring that they are currently planning on that with the view of using the latest technology.
On August 7, 2018 the Director General was part of the launching ceremony of a bridge linking Atlantic and Juba where she enjoined all relevant stakeholders to continue to work assiduously to ensure that the New Direction stays on course.
She further highlighted that the SLRA has the human resource potential to undertake qualitative road works also adding that sometimes they are faced with challenges during the implementation phases of certain projects but anchored that they are trying their utmost best to overcome those bottlenecks.
“Construction and rehabilitation of roads is not a mean task as it is capital intensive and at times some contractors that we do award contracts to fail to perform to expectation but we are assuring that we will weed the bad ones,” she maintained.
She commended His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for giving her the opportunity to prove her mettle further wishing him success in his tenure.