Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: 2014 Appropriation Act - SLPP MP Says Gov't Is Wasteful On Roads Expenditure

A Member of Parliament representing the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party in constituency 4 in Kailahun district has accused the government of profligacy in its expenditure on roads maintenance and rehabilitation.

Hon. Sahr Fatorma, who was speaking in Parliament during debates on the 2014 Appropriation Act, said huge quantum of money had been allocated to the construction and rehabilitation of roads in Freetown and district headquarters without real tangible results, yet more funds have been allocated to the sector.

He made reference to 2012 when the sum of Le.84.6 billion was allocated to road construction and rehabilitation in principal cities and towns, whereas in the 2013 supplementary budget a whooping Le214.1 billion was also earmarked for the improvement on the roads.

"The roads leading to Kailahun, Kenema, Pujehun and even major streets in the city, to name but few, are in a deplorable condition, with all the monies allocated from both government and donor partners, nothing has reflected in those roads but yet still another allocation of Le.156.1 billion has been given in the 2014 budget for the same purpose," he said, opining that the incremental allocations to roads maintenance and rehabilitation without the desired results was "criminal."

Hon. Fatorma bemoaned the fact that despite an exorbitant government expenditure on roads, thousands of potholes are visible of roads in the city and provincial headquarters.

He concluded that "even (though) our salaries have been increased, we will accept it when it is reflected in our accounts," expressing cynicism about the viability the budget that ruling apologists have dubbed "prosperity" budget.

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