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The pros and cons of the project – Cocorioko

SIERRA LEONE, AN INTERESTING COUNTRY WHERE MOST PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD ONE HEALTHY MEAL A DAY, WHERE ABJECT POVERTY IS ALMOST A PROVERB, WHERE INFANT AND MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE IS THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD, A COUNTRY THAT IS ONE OF THE POOREST IN THE WORLD.

DESPITE THE ABOVE, THE MAADA BIO ADMINISTRATION IN SIERRA LEONE WANTS TO BURDEN THE COUNTRY’S ALREADY BURDENED ECONOMY BY ENTERING INTO A FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENT TO BUILD A LUNGI BRIDGE THAT WILL NOT CHANGE THE BASIC SUFFERING OF THE PEOPLE OF SIERRA LEONE.

IF THE APC PROPOSED ” NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ” WAS CONDEMNED AS A BAD INVESTMENT , WHY DOES THE MAADA BIO ADMINISTRATION THING A MORE COSTLY LUNGI BRIDGE IS A BETTER INVESTMENT !!??

GIVEN THE ABOVE THEN, ONE IS TEMPTED TO ASK, “IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE IDEOLOGY OF THE APC AND THE SLPP ??

Abdul Karim Tarawalie 2 billion dollars for eight kilometers Bridge? I help the development of the Lungi Bridge however this is method too much cash. So this Lungi Bridge is the costliest Bridge in the world? We now have so many necessary issues to do with the 2 billion dollars. President Bio duya speak worth wit the Chinese dem 🤣

Lucilda Hunter If authorities has already accepted a plan presumably drawn up by specialists, is it actually so unreasonable to ask bidders to pay a payment to see it? Certainly it will value them that a lot to provide you with their own plans…simply musing.

John Leigh Lucilda, these plans have been achieved underneath the course of the APC. The N.D. merely took over these plans. Bio campaigned towards the Lungi Bridge. However, belatedly, the New Path noticed a cash making opportunity. So now they’re for the bridge. That hefty bridge money could possibly be used to convey the provinces and their suffering individuals into the trendy age and free them from the yoke of the Historic Despotism imposed on them by their leaders.

By no means-the-less, the bidders could also be requested to pay an inexpensive payment every, perhaps, say no more than $50,000. However $200,000? its outlandish.

Princess Njavombo The bridge is rather more necessary than the airport. Lungi is the gate method and if the bridge is being constructed, SL will develop interms of improvement. We will still have one other airport after the Lungi bridge.

Mamoud Kamara Down reminiscence lane r kin recall say paopa crew bin dae all over d place say IMF n World Financial institution strongly advice towards d $400 million Mamamah airport project as been a pressure to we financial system. Proper?
Now we see pipul dae jubilate for a $2.1 billion bridge in a time wae we financial system dae at an all time low. Hmmmm..IMF and world bank where are you?

With prioritization; d bread n butter points, d excessive value of dwelling, d rampant human rights abuse, transportation, medical, schooling, high unemployment price n d lungi bridge, una nor go agree with me say d bridge project na a misplaced precedence?

Abeg mek we yeri far yaa.
D new course don develop into a licensed misdirection.

  • Omarr Zainu Deen We as a individuals don’t cease to amaze ourselves with our thought processes. When the other guys needed to construct a brand new airport for $300,000,000 to unravel the similar drawback the lungi bridge is intended for we decried and kicked towards it, we are saying it was too expensive and complained that the nation is just too broke subsequently, cannot afford to accrue any more debt.

    Quick forward a yr later, we the similar individuals are jubilating for a project that’s much more pricey and seven occasions more to unravel the similar drawback. The underlying questions we have to ask ourselves are that how many people owned automobiles in Sierra Leone? What number of of us with automobiles that must cross the bridge resulting from work, medical, entertainments or enterprise dealings per day?

    Aside from the airport what other companies or points of interest which might be in lungi that may trigger individuals to cross over from Freetown to lungi day by day or perhaps each weekend or every month? On the flip aspect how many people in lungi with jobs in Freetown that owns their own personal automobiles? How many flights per day lands at lungi worldwide airport? How many automobiles are going to ply the bridge per day contemplating most people use public transportation in Sierra Leone?

    Even when Sierra Leone was enjoying her status as the most peaceable nation in Africa, she acquired 58,000 vacationers in 2017, the highest quantity since the finish of the civil conflict in 2002.That quantity plummeted drastically in 2018 in accordance with the minister of tourism during the one yr commemoration of the Bio presidency on April 4, 2019. In accordance with her we had 34,000 guests and I consider most of them are Sierra Leoneans in diaspora who visits house.

    Now that we have now slipped 38 locations in the International Peace Index I’m wondering how many vacationers will visit Sierra Leone aside from Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora. With the current spike of violence, rape, intolerance, murder, tensions and political instability, I’m wondering how many extra places down we’ll drop in the subsequent International Peace Index coming in 2020.This stuff matters if we hope to be a tourist vacation spot in the future and without the tourism business booming in Sierra Leone the lungi bridge might be a complete waste.

    Notwithstanding, the USA and UK have issued travel advisory to their residents about travelling to Sierra Leone. How many tourists per yr can we anticipate in Sierra Leone with the present political local weather? We will fake all we like that there are not any tensions in Sierra Leone however everyone knows that we have now a authorities that isn’t a respecter of residents rights and the structure. It’s turning into clearer by the day that the extra repressive they turn into the more residents are prepared to stand up for his or her rights and the extra authorities responds with deadly drive.

    At the finish these bloody violence and skirmishes makes the worldwide news and the photographs of these violence are posted on social media and different news retailers. So my level right here is after investing two bullion dollars to assemble the almighty lungi bridge how much are you going to charge motorists for toll fare? Might we not have use half of this colossal quantity to construct a brand new airport and a new Capital Metropolis round it? We might remedy the congestion in Freetown by shifting the seat of energy to Mamamah.The other half of that cash we might spend money on large agriculture to unravel the bread and butter points they promised the individuals and build trendy hospitals. We don’t have to journey abroad for medical remedies.

    Name me what chances are you’ll but I don’t consider anything that comes out of this administration. I feel they’re making an attempt to divert individuals’s consideration from their lackadaisical performance with the financial system. This seems like one other white elephant project to me. Sounds too good to be true.

    Joseph Turay The entire process of Lungi bridge is completely pretend, in line with analysis carried out by a patriotic Sierra Leoneans. Taking a look at the value implementation of Mammah airport which is $400million, created morethan 35 hundreds staff after completion and Lungibridge value $2billion, it can create lower than 500 staff after completion, which one is economical and viable?.
    I need to drow your consideration concerning the position papers of our monetary ethical garantor IMF, that this SLPP-led authorities is deceit and inconsistent with the fact about our nation national reserve.

    Melvyn Thomas Where is the demand for this bridge…. Sierra Leone does not have a thriving vacationer financial system that may make this bridge economically viable.. That is about corruption and kickbacks

    And now we have now carry off for a $2bn, 8km Freetown-Lungi bridge! I was scoffed at once I stated the bridge would value a minimum of $1bn, saying I was overblowing it. I am nonetheless skeptical about its advantages.

    $2 Billion on our heads for a bridge?

    We condemned a 318m greenback Airport project that was also coming with a brand new city at Mamamah amd moderately went for trilliins and trillions of leones bridge project at 2billion dollars.

    We need to know the value benefit, beyond the political implications and relevance.

    Like someone stated, this is too much for a poor debt ridden country like ours. Ready for the Brittonwood establishments’ reactions.

    Mao’s reflections- Jay

    Abdulai Bangura All these in favor of Bio’s $2bn bridge are affected by a rare type of stupidity and it is contagious more than ebola and worst, it solely impacts SLPP supporters. Not one would assume of the unfavourable impression it might have on the financial system. Pin sef we nor sabi make before ar speak about manufacturing industries. After Bio build the bridge: 1. Our lives would enhance, 2. Sickness is a factor of the past, three. Free food, four. Free schooling, 5. free cash on demand from the goverment, 6. Free transportation and 7. We shall be sleeping for 12 hours a day and nothing to worry about because our Lord & Saviour Maada Bio is in cost and God despatched. Unu kushe o

    Some of us supported the concept of a bridge approach earlier than Bio acquired to power. The ignorance on our part is that the majority of us have not seen any RFP RFS, MOU, MOA or any documentation by any means. We’ve got been ignorantly going by what’s being bought to us that the bridge might be of no value to Sierra Leoneans. High-quality! But I’ve the following considerations:

    1. Why is authorities negotiating on behalf of the individuals in secret? Didn’t this sound like APC if that have been the case?
    2. Why is APC opposition not holding SLPP accountable to make the monitor of such negotiations or paperwork public? APC shouldn’t only walk out of parliament for their very own private interest. They should walk out of parliament on behalf of the individuals. Let the individuals see the paperwork line by line and page by page or we walk out!
    three. I feel it’s about time for presidency to be daring sufficient to negotiate publicly on behalf of the individuals.
    four. Till we see the particulars, all our time is wasted for nothing.
    5. The point now’s to strain government to be transparent in order that the individuals know the legal responsibility, indemnity and dangers to nation.
    6. The fact is that the distributors usually are not going to see an instantaneous return as a result of we wouldn’t have a minimal of 15 planes arriving and departing every minute yet. What would the distributors get in return instantly for gifting away $2 billions dollars totally free.
    7. Till we see the details, I close my case