For Bridge &Road Projects… China Provides US$ 1.5m Grant


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Government of China has given a US$1.5 million grant to the Government of Sierra Leone for the construction of the Juba Bridge and rehabilitation of the Limkokwing-Regent Road project.

The US$1.5 million grant, according to report from the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, is a demonstration of the pledge made by the Chinese Government to support the ‘New Direction’ Government of President Julius Maada Bio in its development strides.

It could be recalled that since the two countries had a bilateral relationship in 1971, China had always stepped in to aid in times of need in all sectors, including the economy, infrastructure, health, technology, security amongst others. The US$1.5 million grant, according to confirmed report, is an additional funding for the two projects with a total cost of US$2.4M.

The Minister of Works and Public Assets, Raymond De Souza George explained that the Juba Curved Bridge links the Lumley and Juba communities in the West of the capital Freetown, adding that the construction of the bridge would reduce traffic congestion from the Lumley to Juba communities. The Minister assured that the project would not add to our external debts.

Earlier, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Wu Peng had stated that the grant was a fruit of the two countries’ bilateral relation, reiterating that the road project would help reduce traffic congestion in that part of the capital.