By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone – A new four-lane bridge now joins the Lumley-Juba communities alongside an older two-lane bridge built years ago. President Bio commissioned the Chinese built bridge. The bridge is part of $3 million USD from China. The second Lumley bridge was built in five months at a cost of $2.4 million USD. The Government provided Le900 million. President Bio acknowledged the generosity of the Peoples Republic of China who have continually provided support to the country in all sectors.
The President said the government is committed to maintain a holistic approach to development across the country in line with the intension to do a connection flyover for pedestrians, car park and a market for the community. He said the bridge will unlock the economic potential of the community thereby relieving the traffic and increase access to markets and health care centers, hence improve on the general public sanitation for the city.
The new Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Hu Zhangliang, said the decision to construct the second Juba bridge was an important decision that will ease traffic and improve on the livelihoods of residents. He said based on the bilateral ties between the two countries one of the best road construction companies was hired to provide a special offer by working within time and quality with regards for value for money. Amb. Zhangliang said the bridge is completed and been commissioned on the eve of the country’s Independence.
It is a special gift from the Chinese government to the government and people of Sierra Leone as their Independence Day package. The Chinese Ambassador thanked the Lumley-Juba community for their commitment and support to the project. The Director General of Sierra Leone Road Authority (SLRA), Amara Kanneh, said they were instrumental along with the community in ensuring proper and effective supervision and monitoring on the project.
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For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent.