By Mohamed Lamin Banya
The Program Manager of Pro- Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation, Salifu Mansaray says 20 million Euros have been given to the Sierra Leone Government through the National Commission for Social Action by the German Government for the third phase of the Pro- Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation for Infrastructural Development in Kailahun, Falaba, Koinadugu and Kono districts.
He was speaking during a technical review consultative meeting with stakeholders at NaCSA conference hall in Freetown.
Pro- Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation is a financial cooperation between the Sierra Leone and German governments formed in 2006. The project aims at infrastructural development mostly building feeder roads, bridges, and culverts and creating access for farm produce to commercial centers in rural settings.
Commissioner of National Commission for Social Action, Abu Bakarr Kokofele explained that, the consolidation is funded by the German Development Bank through financial cooperation between the two countries. He added that, NaCSA is the implementing agency and that they are aware that wide consultation with all stakeholders in the technical committee every year is a critical element to the success of the program.
“We are all invited to brainstorm with open minds, be flexible to ensure deliberations are fruitful as we realize the objectives of our meeting in this year’s round of technical review,” he said.
Giving a background of the project, the project in 2006 worth 11 million Euros was the first phase for infrastructural development in the districts, adding that the meeting was to plan for the next phase of the project.
He disclosed that, they have already implemented the first phase of the project and that feeder roads, bridges, culverts and access from farm to commercial areas were achieved.
‘’It has created an impact in the communities we are working’’ he added.
The project aims to create access for the communities, help farmers to change position of the market, enhancing value chain from inputs, production, and transformation and consumption stages.
The Falaba District Council Chairman, Ibrahim Sesay said that, the project have benefitted the three districts since it started but that timber trucks plying the road is their major challenge.
He added that, economically the project will benefit the districts owing to the fact that the districts largely depend on farming and want to invest heavily in rice production.