$36M for FBC
For several years, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, has been suffering from congestion as its antiquated infrastructure can no longer cope with the growing number of students and lecturers, especially when the historic college has never undergone any major rehabilitation since it was established several decades ago.
However, there is now light at the end of the tunnel and students and lecturers will soon start enjoying ultra-modern, spacious and decent infrastructural facilities as the House of Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a $36 million loan agreement with the Arab Bank for Economic Development for Africa dated 19th May.
Parliament unanimously ratified the loan agreement on Friday, June 14. On that same day, parliament also approved a loan agreement with the OPEC Fund for International Development(OFID) for the development of Fourah Bay College.
Speaking shortly before the approval of the loan agreements, the SLPP Minority Leader in parliament, Honourable Dr. Bernadette Lahai noted that Fourah Bay College is no longer the glory it had when she entered there thirty-four years ago. She recalled that during their days in the college, there was full swing electricity and constant pipe-borne water supply with the hostels and canteens well kept but that over the years, things have deteriorated in the college, necessitating the approval of the loan agreements.
Deputy Speaker of parliament, Honourable Chernor Bah, stressed that the loan be effectively and judiciously utilized for the benefit of the college, suggesting that part of the loan be used to solve the chronic transportation problem plaguing the students.
Various other speakers including the Majority Leader of the house, Honourable Sheku Dumbuya, acknowledged the fact that the college’s infrastructure in a dilapidated and disgraceful state, making the ratification of the loans a necessity.
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