Sierra Leone Bags US$ 19 million
In a bid to provide adequate water supply and proper sanitation in the country, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, HE Jongopie S. Stevens, has signed a US$19.0 million loan agreement, with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Ambassador Stevens signing the OFID loan)
According to a press release issued by the Sierra Leone Embassy in Berlin-Germany, the money will be used to implement water and sanitation projects in the three provincial headquarter towns of Bo, Kenema, and Makeni respectively.
Ambassador Stevens, who also doubles as Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to all UN Agencies including International organisations in Austria, expressed delight and thanked OFID for what he called “their timely intervention to improve the lives of people in Sierra Leone.”
He reiterated the US$42.0 million grants initially signed between the government of Sierra Leone and the African Development Bank (ADB), totaling S$61 million for the implementation of the project.
The ambassador noted that the project is a fulfillment of his government’s agenda to reduce poverty and accelerate economic growth in the country adding that, the successful completion of the project would create improved water and sanitation in health centers, schools and other public places within the targeted districts.
Signing on behalf of the OPEC Funds for International Development, The Director General, Mr. Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, said his organization was pleased to offer the loan in order to reduce poverty through the provision of safe drinking water and good sanitation for the underprivileged in the country.
Mr Al-Herbish disclosed that, the relationship between OFID and Sierra Leone dates back since 1972. He further assured Ambassador Stevens for his organization’s unremitting support to the government of Sierra Leone.
Senior officials of the OPEC Funds for International Development, including Sierra Leone’s Head of Chancery to the Federal Republic of Germany and Honorary Consul to Austria, Mr. Al-hassan K Kondeh, were present.
Umaru Jarr, Berlin
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