Following the end of the 11 years civil war, Sierra Leone was left in a deplorable state, as it affected all sectors in the development of a nation.
In addressing some of these challenges, both past and present governments have made frantic efforts to improve the road network in the country.
Gento Group of Companies which is the leading indigenous road construction company in Sierra Leone has taken the lead in helping the government to achieve this goal.
Recently the company was hailed by Sierra Leoneans both at home and abroad for the speedy and quality work done so far on the Jomo Kenyatta, King Harman and Hill Cut roads.
Since the commencement of the second phase of the project, the company is also constructing the first overhead bridge in Sierra Leone at the Hill Cut Car Wash Junction.
Speaking on some of the key challenges the company is facing, Ing.
Idrissa Koroma said they are facing serious challenges with some utility companies like Electricity Distribution Supply Authority (EDSA), Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC), SIERRATEL, in removing their cables and pipes underground, especially at the King Harman and Regent roads. But in the case of the Regent Road, they have given them until January because they said they have a project at hand.
He stressed that they want to finish the footpath along that road. Idrissa stated that Gento Group is the only construction company that conducted hydraulic survey before construction, in order to avoid overflow of water from the drainages unto the environs. He further explained that to access their quarry, they drive up to 45 km to collect granite and this entails time and money as fuel is heavily consumed.
To access water is another challenge and if measures are not put in place in the coming years, accessing water in the capital will be difficult, the engineer said.
On the construction of the Waterloo Township roads, he said they are facing some financial challenges, but that they are in advance talks with the government and are getting positive response. He further said that they will commence work early next year, adding that they will finish the Hill Top roads by April 2019.
“99% of the top staff of Gento Group are young Sierra Leoneans and we will live to see these roads for decades, and so we are doing all our best to do quality work and our CEO, Mohamed Gento Kamara, is very passionate about developing his nation” he said.”
Jomo Kenyatta, King Harman and Hill Cut roads will be the first flyover bridge, when completed, and will be the best road in the country, road users say.
Source: Calabash Newspaper