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Vol 54 No 24

Published 22nd November 2013

Sierra Leone

Koroma’s legacy

The President’s biggest promise was to renew the country’s infrastructure but criticism of his record is growing, especially on roads and power

Nothing that President Ernest Bai Koroma has promised since coming to power in 2007 has excited as much hope as his pledges to improve the parlous state of the roads and energy supply. He set up the Presidential Energy Emergency Task Force in October 2007 and announced major work on roads nationwide. ‘We will develop a national transportation network to enable the movement of goods and people and thereby facilitate increased investment and economic activity… We will develop and implement projects that focus on the rehabilitation of 2,055 kilometres of feeder roads and of 160 km. of roads in major provincial towns… We will rehabilitate and construct highways between the major urban centres in Sierra Leone as well as highways between Sierra Leone and neighbouring countries….’ he promised when launching his Agenda for Change 2008-2012, the country’s second post-war poverty reduction strategy.

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