Fifty out of the two hundred dump trucks promised by the Government of Russian has been delivered and are expected to arrive in Freetown on Friday, 20th November 2020.
This disclosure was made by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Tamba John Sylvanus Lamina who welcomed representatives of the manufacturers, GAZ Group to a Strategic Sectoral Management Committee Meeting at the ministry’s Conference Room in Freetown past Friday.
The Minister recalled that following negotiations during President Julius Maada Bio’s visit to Russia, the Russian Federation through President Vladimir Putin promised to donate the trucks to the Government of Sierra Leone as part of their of contribution to its Waste Management Programme.
He on behalf of government and people of Sierra Leone thanked the donors for complementing their efforts and commended the manufacturers for expediting the process.
The General Manager, Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation, Isaac Ken Green and Deputy, Paul Tucker, a representative from the Sierra Leone National Shipping Company and Daway Engineering and Construction Holdings serving as a liaison between the two countries also intimated the gathering about necessary modalities they have put in place to ensure successful delivery and use of the trucks.
Head of the Russian team, Lobanov Mikhail, expressed thanks and appreciation for the warm welcome accorded them. He pledged his company’s desire to provide high-quality trucks and lauded the effort of stakeholders present for providing the enabling environment for them to operate.
To ensure sustainable use of the items, a team of three technical personnel from Sierra Leone is expected to attend a Training of Trainers Programme in Russia before the arrival of the trucks.
Credit: MLGRD communications