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Sengbe
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I was perusing the map of S/Leone just now, and wondered if a bridge could be constructed on the estuary between mainland Mattru Jong and Bonthe Island: The first question is; how many nautical miles are between these two? Is the distance shorter or longer than the one between Lungi in Port Loko district and the Freetown peninsula? If so, could it be more cost-effective to construct this bridge between Mattru city and Bonthe city, thereby obviating the thought of building one between Lungi and Freetown?

Let us examine the ramification(s) of the bridge between Mattru and Bonthe:
1. Tourism: both internal/indigenous and external (foreigners visiting the beautiful beaches on Bonthe Island) thereby enhancing the economy of both the region and the nation as a whole.
2. Fishing - exploiting the resources of the sea in the Atlantic ocean since Bonthe, as an island sits on the Atlantic ocean proper.
3. Agriculture: Rice, as our staple food, grows abundantly in Bonthe district and her chiefdoms. Thus providing ready access to this area will enhance our agricultural production output relative to the staple foods we eat, and their exportation to other countries in West Africa. Cassava, sweet potatoes, cocoa, fruits, and other vegetables, will also be inclusive in the agricultural output of this district. Thus, the bridge will ease the transportation of these good internally and externally.
4.The next step is the construction of an Atlantic (super) highway along the Atlantic Ocean from the Western Area down to the Southern/Eastern area, to be connected to the rest of the other MRU nations, and by extension to the rest of West Africa. A highway analogous to the Pacific highway in CA, USA is what I have in mind. 
5. Roads from the North could be constructed in such a way as to connect to this new infrastructure. And perhaps even the construction of a high-speed railway infrastructure.
6. Employment of unemployed folks: these construction activities will serve in the employment of unemployed youths in the nation at the present time, if implemented efficiently.

Please submit other potential advantages this bridge could have relative to the development strides the nation is supposed to take in the future.
Santigie
Reply with quote  #2 
"Tourism: both internal/indigenous and external (foreigners visiting the beautiful beaches on Bonthe Island) thereby enhancing the economy of both the region and the nation as a whole."-Sengbe

In our current state and competing needs, it is not a feasible project. The distance is the same  between Lungi and Freetown.

I think in it present state Tourist would love Bonthe Island more if only we improve the infrastructure on the Island. It is better secure for tourist when not connected than it will be if we allow every jack and Harry to go in hindered to the Island.

Your other suggestion although brilliant but are made from an egocentric  view 
Sengbe
Reply with quote  #3 
"...Your other suggestion although brilliant but are made from an egocentric  view ..." Santigie

Please explain what you really mean by the statement quoted above.

What, in your estimation, is "an egocentric view"?
Eddie Grant
Reply with quote  #4 
Kothor Semgbe,
We have disagreed on many fronts, but what a brilliant analysis. I have long envisioned the same thing but have not thought of the possibilities of such gigantic project. Until recently, when I learnt about how much funding Sierra Leone receives annually from development partners.
It's heart wrenching to note that, even after inheriting a debt free country the current APC government have racked, close to 4 billion dollars in debt. With only a few roads constructed which are not commensurate with the so called debt.
Where has all the funds been used?
The construction of the Lungi to Freetown bridge was estimated to cost 1.5 billion dollars, I guess the Mattru Jong to Bonthe could be higher due to its longer distance. The government could have fooled us had they decided to undertake this project.
To your other points, it is feasible to construct both bridges without having to sacrifice one for the other.
Sierra Leone is home to 5.4 million hectares of arable and fertile land. With only 11% of that being cultivated through subsistence farming.
An agriculture based industrialisation can make both projects possible.
This is why I'm throwing my cap for KKY because he's the only aspirant who seems to have very keen interest in that direction.
It's really a very interesting topic to discuss.
Thank you for bringing it up.
Eddie Grant
Reply with quote  #5 
Kothor Semgbe,
We have disagreed on many fronts, but what a brilliant analysis. I have long envisioned the same thing but have not thought of the possibilities of such gigantic project. Until recently, when I learnt about how much funding Sierra Leone receives annually from development partners.
It's heart wrenching to note that, even after inheriting a debt free country the current APC government have racked, close to 4 billion dollars in debt. With only a few roads constructed which are not commensurate with the so called debt.
Where has all the funds been used?
The construction of the Lungi to Freetown bridge was estimated to cost 1.5 billion dollars, I guess the Mattru Jong to Bonthe could be higher due to its longer distance. The government could have fooled us had they decided to undertake this project.
To your other points, it is feasible to construct both bridges without having to sacrifice one for the other.
Sierra Leone is home to 5.4 million hectares of arable and fertile land. With only 11% of that being cultivated through subsistence farming.
An agriculture based industrialisation can make both projects possible.
This is why I'm throwing my cap for KKY because he's the only aspirant who seems to have very keen interest in that direction.
It's really a very interesting topic to discuss.
Thank you for bringing it up.
Sengbe
Reply with quote  #6 
Thanks for your input, EG. I did not know that the distance between Mattru Jong and Bonthe island is longer that the one between Lungi and the Freetown peninsula. By how many nautical miles? Anyway, I am glad that you concur.

EG! why support KKY, when his own brother, my friend Foday, has disowned his political aspirations? Why not you? We are not getting any younger, my friend.
Eddie Grant
Reply with quote  #7 
His brother's rejection of his political aspirations has no bearing on his ability to deliver. It's possible that he does not subscribe to his brother's shenanigans. He could be among the most corrupt cabal and that KKY cannot be manipulated for anyone's selfish interest. Therefore, if he becomes president his brother will be no sacred cow.
Have ever heard the say: you will bear a child but not his mind.
What that means is that, KKY is completely different person to his brother. He could be extremely envious of him.
Eddie Grant
Reply with quote  #8 
" His brother, my friend Foday, has disowned his political aspirations? Why not you? We are not getting any younger, my friend."

This is more reason we should choose the right leader who will bequeath our next generation a flamboyant country. Getting stuck with the APC and SLPP, who had outlived their usefulness and have become redundant of progressive ideas to move the country forward is not only naive but also wicked.
If you try some thing for 50 years, it did not work you must change it because it will never work in 5 years.
Indeed we're not getting younger my friend!
Lontha!!
Hercules
Reply with quote  #9 
Eddie Grant,

You are painting Kandeh Yumkella as a messiah that he is not.  Was he not part of the corrupt NPRC government?  Is he not close friends with the ultra corrupt Ernest Koroma?  

Besides, I personally know some of the opportunists in the KKY movement.  These are not guys that have Sierra Leone's best interest at heart.  

Also, like Sengbe, I am concerned that KKY's brother endorsed Maada Bio instead of KKY.  Hmmmmmm is there something that we do not know yet?

Lastly, I doff my hat to you for rejecting the corrupt and useless APC.  Good for you.
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