Sierra Leone witnessed a landmark advancement in urban transportation as Chief Minister Dr. David Sengeh, representing President Julius Maada Bio, inaugurated the Sierra Leone Integrated and Resilient Urban Mobility Project at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown. This pivotal $50 million project, funded jointly by the government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank, marks a turning point in overcoming transportation hurdles in Freetown.
Dr. Sengeh, expressing immense pride in this transformative initiative, highlighted its profound impact on residents of Freetown, from simplifying daily commutes to boosting business connections. The project aligns with the government’s broader agenda, particularly in leveraging technology and infrastructure for economic growth. Emphasizing inclusivity, Dr. Sengeh pointed out features like disability-friendly ramps and prioritized seating in the new public transport system.
The project, termed a step towards “radical inclusion,” has already generated approximately 500 jobs, including roles for drivers, mechanics, and engineers. Dr. Sengeh stressed the importance of community responsibility in maintaining the new infrastructural developments, like zebra crossings and dedicated bus lanes.
Key stakeholders, including ministers and World Bank representatives, spoke at the event, outlining the project’s components, challenges, and plans. They stressed the role of the project in job creation, gender inclusivity, and urban development, promising a brighter, more connected future for the residents of Freetown.