The long awaited Mamamah Airport that has been on hold for the past years will finally kick of in December, as was disclosed by the outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo during his countryâ€™s 67th Independence celebration at the Embassy last week.
He said his government has done everything and they will start the construction in December and in the next three years it will be operational.
Ambassador Zhao said even though he will not be around when the project will be commissioned by President Koroma, he is very happy that before leaving he has done everything possible for it to come to fruition, which he said makes him very happy.
Sierra Leone needs this airport for economic growth, job creation and easy access at all time to and from the airport. It is going to be built inland and from the capital to the airport will be less than one hour drive which makes it very accessible to all and at all times.
He said the airport is the Dream of the president and as long as it is a project that will enhance economic growth in the country, China will not relent but will do it even though there has been lots of hue and cry from the West.
He commended the government for their commitment in getting the project actualized and hope that when it comes into operations it will be of immense benefit and will one day become the hub of West Africa.
Another project that will kick-start around the same time is the expansion of the sea port that will be done by Tildore company from Tianjin, China. They have already sent their advance team of experts and all the modalities have been worked out and they have gone back to prepare to come and start the construction.
This project is going to be one of the biggest Chinese investments in the country after Shandong Steel that invested $1.8 billion dollars in the Tonkolili Mines.
Both projects are expected to hire over a thousand Sierra Leoneans to work during the period of construction.
Source: Sierra Leone Monitor