Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: For Abandoning School Project in Kailahun

Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) Member of Parliament representing Constituency 06 in the Kailahun District last Wednesday slated former National Campaign Coordinator of the ruling All People's Congress for allegedly neglecting a project awarded to him to build a school in Kailahun.

Contributing to the debate on the 2013 budget, Hon. Moiwai Momoh explained that Leonard Balogun Koroma was awarded a contract in 2010 by the government to build a six classroom school to promote education in that part of the country.

"The APC Campaign Coordinator started the construction of the Methodist Primary School at Kambama village in the Kailahun District in July 2010 but abandoned the work and focused his attention on political activities. He told the people that he was the contractor but failed to produce documents to the effect when asked," the MP alleged. Hon.

Moiwai maintained that he has been receiving lots of pressure from his people in relation to the said project and that the actual cost of the project is still not known. According to him, when the government was queried by the people for the abandoned project, President Ernest BaiKoroma promised to provide the funds needed to complete the school.

"After abandoning the construction of the school, Mr. Koroma later visited my people and informed them that government has decided to construct three classrooms for each building instead of the initial six classrooms," he told parliament.

The SLPP MP strongly urged government and other authorities to immediately investigate the issue, as according to him, such contract ought not to have been awarded to a politician. Efforts to get the reaction of Mr. Koroma on the allegation proved unsuccessful as his phone was switched-off.

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