Segbwema-Sefadu Road Needs Reconstruction -Yawei Youths Demand

 

By Ayodele Deen Cole

The youths of Yawei Chiefdom in Kailahun District have stressed the need for President Julius Maada Bio led Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Government to reconstruct the abandoned trunk road linking the chiefdom to Segbwema in the same district and several other important towns in Kono District, in Gandohun and Koidu city.

They therefore appealed to the Government to reconstruct the once economically viable trunk road linking the two districts that are extremely rich in cash crops.

According to one of the Youth Leaders of Yawei Chiefdom, Abdulai Conteh, the chiefdom is situated along the Segbwema-Sefadu trunk road which, he said, was one of the most prominent highways in the country during the days of railway, when the Masingbi/Kono highway was not yet constructed.

“We are told that during those days, all consignments of the Sierra Leone Selected Trust (SLST) from overseas were transported to Segbwema as the depot by goods train for onward movement to Kono through the Segbwema-Sefadu trunk road which, according to elders, had the most famous Woama Checkpoint where an ISU officer shot dead a military officer during a confrontation between the two forces,” recounted the Youth Leader.

He maintained that the Segbwema-Sefadu trunk road needs urgent rehabilitation to enable productive chiefdoms along that highway, including Yawei, Pejeh West and Jaluahun in the Kailahun District, and Kpaneh, Fiama and Tankoro in the Kono District to transport their produce to the market in order to ameliorate their poverty.

Abdulai Conteh lamented that owing to the deplorable condition of the road, the cost of living in chiefdoms along the Segbwema-Sefadu trunk road is extremely high, thereby making life very difficult for students and businesspeople operating on that axis.

The youth activist also urged Members of Parliament representing those chiefdoms along that economically viable road to raise the issue in the House of Parliament and appeal to government to see reason to address the concern of people using that road.