The Director General of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), Abdel Aziz Khelef, has disclosed that he was satisfied with the on-going projects funded by the bank in the country.
Addressing a press briefing yesterday at the ministry of Finance and Economic Development conference room, Mr Khelef said while he was in Freetown he visited project sites at the Njala University campus at Njala.
The bank, he said, gave a loan of $7.2 million for the rehabilitation of the existing buildings, laboratories, classrooms, hostels, staff houses, administration building, and construction of new buildings and provision of utility services.
The Director General said the project aimed at contributing towards economic and social development and enhancing women participation in development of higher education in agriculture, education through the rehabilitation and expansion of Njala University College.
He disclosed that the $6 million loan project for the hillside bypass which was approved in 2004 involved the construction of a four-lane highway , two lanes each direction, each lane is 3.75 metres wide with paved shoulders measuring 1.5 metres in width, to be used for motorcycle and pedestrian traffic.
Mr Khelef disclosed that the project scope included the construction of storm water collection system, retaining walls and other protection structures and consultancy services.
The Director General revealed that on Saturday he visited the Black Hall National Power Authority (NPA) station which the bank gave $5 million loan for the installation and commissioning of mechanical and electrical equipment for the two thermal generation units (7.56 megawatt).
He noted that the rehabilitation of Kabala portable water supply projects, Kenema Pendembou Road Project and the Kent- Token road project he is satisfied with them