The Sierra Leonean government has cancelled all contracts with a Chinese construction firm that was tasked to build a new $318 million airport facility in March expected to be completed in 2022.
The project, launched by the former president Ernest Bai Koroma, which was to complement the planned construction of a new city and an exclusive economic zone, local media report.
The proposed Mamamah International Airport is located just outside Freetown, designed to replace the current one in the town of Lungi, which is said to be an obstacle to the country’s development due to connectivity difficulties associated with it.
The new government, however, says the priority was to renovate the present airport and make it viable
“After serious consideration and due diligence, it is government’s view that it is uneconomical to proceed with the construction of a new airport when the existing one is grossly under-utilised,” reportedly says the aviation minister.