Works Committee on Oversight to Road projects

By Saidu Dumbuya

The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Works and Public Asset chaired by the Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Hon. Bashiru Silike has on Monday, 19th October, 2020 embarked on a nationwide parliamentary oversight on road contractors in the country.

The purpose of the oversight exercise, according to the Chairman is to ascertain the operational work done and other challenges affecting those roads.

The chairman averred that they are doing one of their parliamentary functions as enshrined in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone to oversee the activities of roads contractors.

The committee first visited Magban Bridge construction in the Koya Chiefdom and Magebele Bridge in the Port Loko District.

The Committee was very displeased with the operational activities of the Mabang Bidge considering the delay and work accomplished so far. At the Magbele Bridge, the committee was very pleased and hoped it would be time-bound and fit for purpose.

The committee observed that there were lots of variances on documents presented before it regarding finances of the projects.

The committee also engaged road contractors in Bo and inspected the Bo-Matru road project in which it observed that there is a delay in the process and therefore urged SLRA engineers and officials to do the needful in monitoring the activities of roads contractors.

The committee also visited the Bandajuma-Liberia border road and bridge projects. 

Some of the contractors blamed the delay on COVID-19 and the late disbursement of funds.