Several women from the MRU basin involved in cross border trade between Liberia and Sierra Leone are worried over the appalling condition of the Bo-Waterside Bridge, partially damaged.
Speaking to reporters recently at the Liberian/Sierra Leonean border, the women, including Guinean national Madam Mariama Jolla, Sierra Leonean Safee Kamara, and Liberian trader Mrs. Mary Jleweh Anderson, observe that entry of the bridge from the Sierra Leone side is uprooted.
According to them, since the bridge was constructed many years ago, there has not been any rehabilitation work done it by the two member countries: Liberia and Sierra Leone.
They note that the damaged exterior part of the bridge is attributed to heavy artillery bombardments during the civil conflict, which partly affected part of the under surface of the bridge.
The women further note the bridge serves as a medium through which citizens from MRU nations conduct trade because of its closeness to the two countries.
They call for urgent steps to be taken by Liberia and Sierra Leone to rehabilitate the bridge to ensure that it continues to provide easy access to traders doing business between both countries, and to prevent any future disaster.
For his part, Sailu Lamin of the Sierra Leone Immigration Service, who also spoke to reporters, assured that the Government of Sierra Leone is doing everything possible to have the bridge rehabilitated.
The Bo-Waterside Bridge provides easy corridor to people from Liberia and Sierra Leone, including cross border traders, who are frequently involved in business transactions and other activities.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Brown