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World Bank Boosts Salone on Internet Connectivity - News in Sierra Leone
World Bank Boosts Salone on Internet Connectivity
Published On : 2016-08-19 11:17:03
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The APC led Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone are once more going to benefit from another realistic package from the World Bank which will positively boost the country’s educational system. This was made known last Saturday at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Aberdeen.


The package, which is a five hundred thousand dollars project, will empower Universities and Government owned Secondary schools to start enjoying 24 hours internet facilities which will add more value to the country’s educational system.
In actualizing this aim, the Ministry of Information and Communications is said to have laid the platform on which the World Bank is now confidently willing to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars in making internet facilities accessible in Universities and Government Secondary schools.

L-R: Information Minister Mohamed Bangura, Executive Director Dr. Peter Larose, and Country Manager Parminder Brar

World Bank Country Manager in Sierra Leone, Parmindar Brar, told journalists during a news conference that the Bank has been partnering with and rendering support to the People and Government of Sierra Leone making mention of the $31 million dollars provided for the WARCIP Project. He added that other sectors as well had so far benefitted hugely from the Bank furthering that the package of providing internet facilities to Universities and schools will help beef up the country’s educational system. He also expressed grave concern on the need for the people to enjoy cheaper and affordable internet facilities as well as call rates. Brar added that Government has already rolled out the internet backbone stating that under the project they will make fibre available to ten Universities and other performing academic schools.


Executive Director for Sierra Leone on the Boards of the World Bank Group, Dr. Louis Rene Larose, said such an investment is indeed worthwhile explaining that as a representative of the Bank he will give his 100% support to all sectors in Sierra Leone. He described the implementation of the project as a golden endorsement for the people and Government of Sierra Leone.


Director for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana, Henry Kerali, said the World Bank sees the development of Sierra Leone as one of their key commitments, adding that the facility that is about to be launched will close certain gaps.


Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Bangura said ICT should be seen as the breadbasket of the nation.
‘’With ICT we are not going to get it wrong,” Minister Bangura underscored adding that unlike minerals which have failed us as a nation, Sierra Leone now stands in a better footing to benefit more from ICT.


David Johnson

The Times SL Newspaper

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