Speaking in the press conference, the head of the Saudi delegation, Hassan Al Attas commended the Government of Sierra Leone in their fight against the outbreak of Ebola. He said Sierra Leone and Saudi are friendly countries with bilateral relations. Al Attas who is also the Director General of the Saudi fund for development, in his statement to news men in the conference hall disclosed that the signing of the loan agreement has shown the great interest of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in their sincere support to the government and people of Sierra Leone in promoting the well being and economic prosperity. He assured Sierra Leoneans of more development plans as the friendly relationship continues.
The project, according to the Saudi delegation, is aimed at providing a conducive learning atmosphere for Sierra Leoneans with modern facilities. The rehabilitation of the college is estimated US$36,650,000. The Minister of Finance Dr. Kaifala Marah explained that the project is co-financed by Opec fund for international development,[OFID] which gave US$13,000, 000. The Arab Bank for economic development in Africa also contributed US$800,000 and the government of Sierra Leone which also support the project with US$3,650,000.
The Minister of Education Dr. Minkaliu Bah expressed his thanks to the delegation of the Saudi Fund for their vision in helping the development of Sierra Leone.
‘’Education is very paramount to Sierra Leoneans, as such, we welcome such significance development’’ he said.
The Education minister said that he is happy to witness the signing of this loan. Dr Bah also explains that this project started in 2006 while he was a student at the Fourah bay college. The Fourah bay college according to the education minister has over 6,000 students and 2,000 employees.
The Vice chancellor and principal of Fourah bay college Professor Gbamanja gave the vote of thanks to the Saudi delegation and gave a thumbs up to the ministry of finance for a job well done. Professor Gbamanja added this project upon its completion will give back the lost glory to Fourah bay college the; oldest university in West Africa.