Transport Ministry Signs Contract With Local Engineering Company To Transform Freetown

Transport Ministry Signs Contract With Local Engineering Company To Transform Freetown

By Finda Judith Ngaujah:

 Strategic Communications Unit,

Ministry of Information and Communications

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation on Thursday 23rd July 2020 signed a contract with PAVIFORT AL-Ayhanlar Holdings JV for improvement on roads, intersections and traffic signalizations in the Western Urban.

The Integrated and Resilient Urban Mobility Project (IRUMP) is a fifty million dollar World Bank project that was signed in July last year. It will be implemented for five years.

Mr Kabineh Kallon, the Honourable Minister of Transport and Aviation, thanked the project team lead, Hindolo Shaka and his team for their hard work in bringing the project to where it is now.

He described the signing of the contract between the Ministry and PAVIFORT AL-Ayhanlar Holdings JV as remarkable.

According to the minister, the project was initially a twenty million dollar loan which the previous administration wanted to secure but the new government led by His Excellency Brig. Rtd. Dr. Julius Maada Bio further engaged the World Bank and was able to secure a fifty million dollar grant instead.

The Transport Minister underlined that awarding the contract to PAVIFORT AL-Ayhanlar Holdings JV, a Sierra Leonean company, is in line with President Bio's vision of promoting local content.

He announced that the official handing over ceremony of the site to the contractor for work to commence will take place on Saturday 25th July 2020, at Lumley.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Brima Sowa, admonished all to make the project their own by monitoring and evaluating it for the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans.

The Chairman/CEO of PAVIFORT AL-Ayhanlar Holdings JV, Alimou S. Barrie, thanked the minister and his team for putting their trust in a locally based company like them.

He assured that the company will exceed expectation in implementing the project so as to make the ministry proud and not betray the confidence and trust reposed in them.

The program climaxed with the signing of the contract.