The vice president of the African Development Bank (ADB), Mme Zeinab El Bakari, yesterday at the British Council in Freetown told journalists that the bank would look into the case of the 22 Togolese who died in a helicopter crash in Sierra Leone.
She said they were going to look into the connection which led to the deaths of the 22 Togolese after the Sierra Leone-Togo match on June 2.
Highlighting how their bank gave out projects to developing countries and the establishment of offices, she stated that they had criteria for them to choose a country whether big or small.
Talking on the issue of a bridge linking Lungi with Kissy Terminal, she disclosed that the bank was financing a feasibility study of the bridge; adding that after the study the bank would look into it before the project would kick start.
Vice President El Bakari maintained that before the bank made some mistakes in implementing projects in the country. “The reason for this was because the projects implemented were not designed by the people using them directly,” she said.
To amend this Mme Bakari echoed that they would now design projects that would be simple and accepted by the people on the ground.
In addition, she noted, “the bank is supporting the completion of the 50MW Bumbuna Hydro Electric Project to supply the country with electricity”, noting further that that would help to relieve the country from the burden of heavy expenses in scarce foreign exchange by reducing the need for diesel and spare parts for production of electricity and facilitate industrial production..
She pointed out that, “the bank also gives support to district health services by rehabilating projects which aim to improve access to quality health care in the Bonthe, Bo, Kenema, Port Loko and Tonkolili Districts.”
El Bakari echoed that this project would also assist the Government to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); reduce child mortality MDG4; improve maternal health MDG5 and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases MDG5.
She concluded that the bank would closely collaborate with the government in the identification of projects and programmes in support of the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP) and to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs.
ADB’s country representative in Sierra Leone, Margaret Kilo, said she was deeply committed to the mission of the bank, and was looking forward to having a positive impact in Sierra Leone’s development in the coming months.