By Joseph Milton Lebbie
When I recently travelled along the fifty-two miles road linking Bo City and Mattru Jong, I started wondering what crime that road has committed to deserve such a neglect buy government.
And if the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) does not timely intervene and repair that road, there is the highest possibility that by the next raining season, that road will become non-motor able and that will have an adverse impact on residents of Mattru Jong and all the towns and villages along that lifeline road which serves as a conduit for palm oil.
If you venture to travel from Bo to Mattru on board a vehicle, you will surely regret it as you will spend almost the whole day on that fifty-two miles road stretch.
Infact, only few big vehicles now have the audacity to play that road; commercial motor bikes locally called Okadas have now become the main means of transportation from Bo to Mattru and back.
Even when I used Okada to travel to Mattru, the journey lasted for ages as the thousands of potholes, whit their mouths wide open, and the hundreds of gulleys that now characterize the road compelled the rider to go at a snail pace.
Woe betides you to travel on that deplorable road when it is raining, you will almost be drowned by the rivers and lakes that flood the road.
And the Bo-Mattru road is not the only road existing in such an alarmingly appalling state, many other trunk roads in the provinces are very rugged, not to talk about the feeder roads.
What I have observed is that deplorable roads are mainly responsible for the booming Okada industry in especially the provinces where many of the rugged cannot be challenged by vehicles.
His Excellency President Koroma’s much-trumpeted road projects seem to be just a tip of the iceberg; he has far more work to do on roads in the country.
Only comparatively few roads are paved in the country, an overwhelming percentage of our roads remain unpaved and rugged. This may be a contributing factor to the high increase in transport fares, particularly in certain remote areas of the provinces.