By Alhaji Saidu Kamara……………………….
As part of measures to ensure that Sierra Leoneans have access to clean and safe water supply as well as clean environment, the African Development Bank (AfDB) recently provided an additional US$1 million loan agreement for Sierra Leone’s Water and Sanitation Projects for three cities including Makeni, Bo and Kenema.
The agreement was signed at the Mahatma Madir Center in India during the 52nd Annual Meeting of the AfDB. The bank’s Director for West Africa signed on behalf of AfDB while Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh, the Minister of State for Finance and Economic Development signed on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone.
Speaking to the Global Times over the weekend, at his George Street Office in Freetown after his arrival from the 52nd Annual Meeting of the AfDB, Dr. Patrick Conteh who represented the Government of Sierra Leone said he appreciated the efforts of the AfDB in ensuring that Sierra Leoneans have access to clean and safe water supply and a clean environment.
He said water and development issues are important to the Government of Sierra Leone. He promised that the funds would be judiciously used by the government of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for their intended purpose. “We are happy that the project is at the stage of completion. The impact on the community cannot be overstated”. He said sanitation issues remain challenging but then, with this project, it will impact the lives of the community people” Dr. Conteh said.
The AfDB Director, Mr. Januvier Litse said the bank was motivated to sign further agreements with the Government of Sierra Leone because of the efficient utilization of a previous loan granted by the AFDB.
In addition to the US$1 million loan, the bank approved US$13.50 million of outstanding loans to leverage infrastructure in the country.