Sierra Leone – President Dr Julius Maada Bio has commissioned 16 infrastructure sub-projects completed by the National Commission for Social Action, and handed over schools and health centres to the people of Gbinti in northern Sierra Leone.
The government of Sierra Leone in coordination with Islamic Development Bank pulled resources together, according to the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie who is also a native of the northern part of Sierra Leone.
The Commissioner of National Commission for Social Action, Abu Bockarie Kokofele, said it was an important day for the people of that part of the country, adding that the teachers, pupils and the people of the chiefdom would never forget the development of the government of President Bio.
“Today, Your Excellency is another opportunity to showcase the great work that your government is undertaking for the people of this nation. Today’s event provides an opportunity for us to report just a little out of the many achievements that we have made this year,” he said.
He added, “We also report the relief support that you directed for persons with disability during the first and second COVID-19 mitigation lockdown, the emergency cash transfer for petty traders and other people in low-income brackets.”
He further disclosed that there were other massive infrastructural investments in seven rural growth poles in four districts, including water wells, boreholes, solar electrification, and fish ponds as part of what National Commission for Social Action continued to offer for the people of Sierra Leone.
Speaking during the event, President Bio said, although he was visiting Gbinti to formally commission and hand over a total of 16 out of the 30 community infrastructure projects that the government had completed through National Commission for Social Action, he was also very hopeful that they would benefit the people of Northwest, particularly those in Dibia Chiefdom of Karene district.
“The 16 sub-projects in the North and Northwest regions that we will hand over today include 7 Primary Schools, 4 Junior Secondary Schools, 4 Community Health Posts, 1 market and an ambulance that will add to your fleet in the region,” President Bio said.
He added, “As you all may be aware, the key focus of my administration is Human Capital Development, in which we emphasize Free Quality Education, Health Care and Food Security. My government aims to deliver opportunities for education to children in every community in Sierra Leone. God being our support, we will also boost health care delivery and agricultural support in all rural communities to bolster a healthy nation with well-fed and happy people.”
President Bio reaffirmed his commitment to bringing education to every doorstep in the country, noting that Gbinti was just one of the major beneficiaries of that round of direct support to communities to have two brand new schools, one primary and one junior secondary school.