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 underutilised," a statement issued by the country's Ministry of Transport and Aviation read in part.
Sierra Leone’s new government has finally announced the cancellation of a controversial Chinese airport project sanctioned by its predecessor.
“When cooperating with Sierra Leone, China always follows the principle of equal consultation,” spokesman Lu Kang told reporters during a regular press briefing.
In a statement, the ministry of transport and aviation said that "after serious consideration and due diligenc", the government had determined the Mamamah International Airport initiative was "uneconomical".
Aviation Minister Kabineh Kallon told the BBC that the project, which was due to have been completed in 2022, wasn't necessary and its current international airport would be renovated instead.
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