For Refurbishment… Youyi Building Needs US$2m


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Deputy Minister of Works and Government Assets, Mrs. Melrose Kargbo has disclosed that an estimated amount of two million, four hundred and thirty thousand, seven hundred and fifty United State Dollar (US$2,430,750) is needed to upgrade the standard of Youyi Building at Brookfields, Freetown.

According to the Deputy Minister, the said amount was reached at after an assessment of the current status of the structure which hosts 70% of government ministries.

“After the assessment, we came to a conclusion that urgent action must be taken to give the building a facelift,” she said, noting that the building is a strategic structure that not only houses ministries but also serves as a one-stop shop for investors and visitors to the country.

The Deputy Minister accused the former government of President Koroma of neglecting the building leading to its present dilapidated status. She condemned the practice of using the building premises as garages or depot for all sorts of worn out vehicles, emphasising that government will soon put a stop to it. She also expressed fear over the absence of the expected security apparatus within the structure which, she said, has made entering into the building by idlers commonplace.

The rampant entries of idlers, she said, had made it difficult to distinguish between those on business and those that are not. She concluded that the habit of hawkers trading their wares in offices within the building will no longer be tolerated.