He added that the Islamic Development Bank is strongly supporting this project and that, different stakeholders and ministries are going to be engaged in the implementation.
The NaCSA Deputy Commissioner Isata Max Kyne stated that NACSA depends on stakeholders for continuous development in the country and that they are very grateful so far for the support they are getting. She added that this project is co-founded by also the Government of Sierra Leone and went on to say that they had called for an engagement with all the different stakeholders to put all hands-on-deck for a better Sierra Leone.
“We have benefited much over the years through collaborative efforts and we are calling on you the media and all other critical stakeholders for proper implementation of these projects in different locations across the country in order to avoid duplication and enjoy coordination,” she said.
She went on to say that the GPC 1 and 2 attracted much donor funds and that the GPC 1 which was implemented from 2006 to 2014 attracted donor funds to the tune of 11 million Euro, in addition to government’s counterpart funding, while the GPC 2 which was implemented from 2014 to 2018 attracted donor funds of 12.3 million Euro in addition to government’s counterpart funding.
She added that the GPC 3 will start in 2019 unto 2023 and that this has attracted donor funding of 20 million Euro plus and that the agreement was jointly signed in January by the Finance Minister on behalf of Sierra Leone and the German Government. She maintained that the whole essence of the GPC program is to consolidate peace so that communities live at peace and enjoy basic facilities in their different communities.
The Programs Manager GPC Project, Salifu Mansaray said they have worked with Falaba and communities close to Falaba in road construction to connect communities and that they did this in collaboration with community stakeholders. He added that the roads were roughly estimated at costing 11 billion Leones.
“We are also working on the employment scheme for youths in these different communities for both the construction and after construction phase in Falaba and surrounding communities. Also, NaCSA has presented the budget and the maps showing the different communities to the bank and we are waiting for their response and once that comes, the project will kick off in January 2020,” he said.
He said Koinadugu to Sansangbala will also be included along with other communities in order to bridge economic relations among the different communities.