Parliament Debates FBC Loan Agreement
Hon. Ibrahim Parteh Bah of Constituency 092 in the Western Rural Area has hinted on infrastructure development when contributing to debate in Parliament on the loan agreement between the Government of Sierra Leone and Saudi Fund for Development for the rehabilitation and expansion of Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL). (Photo: Hon. Ibrahim Parteh Bah adding his voice to FBC Bill Ratification)
The US$45 millioB loan agreement, which was signed on 28th January, 2016, is to improve and enhance the rehabilitation of FBC and beneficiaries of the loan are the students.
In his contribution, Hon. Parteh Bah urged colleague lawmakers for the speedy ratification of the agreement, noting that since FBC is located in his constituency, education should be taken into serious consideration.
Hon. Parteh Bah said there are indications that the University of Sierra Leone will regain its exuberant past especially with the total commitment of the President to build strong institutions of tertiary education across the country.
Hon. Bah said the President is not only rehabilitating and expanding FBC but has also embarked on massive road infrastructure in his Constituency.
Hon. Frank Kposowa in his contribution recounted the past years of FBC and the current period. He admonished colleagues to ratify the loan agreement before them.
He lamented that FBC has degenerated into any secondary school and that students face herculean challenges along their way before graduating from college. The MP therefore urged colleagues to ratify the agreement.
Hon. Roland F. Kargbo of Constituency 036 in the Bombali District also supported the ratification of the agreement.
He stressed that in spite of several excuses from the Education Ministry, the USL has degenerated as a result of poor resource allocation coupled with other problems.
Hon. Kargbo said with the support of the loan agreement, the multifarious challenges of FBC would be tackled, adding that with the experience they have learnt over the years, the loan would be graciously utilized for its intended purpose.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Ibrahim Rasin Bundu, and the Minority Leader, Dr. Bernadette Lahai urged colleague parliamentarians to ratify the agreement.
By: Mohamed Y Turay
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