Infrastructural development ongoing despite Ebola crises

Infrastructural development throughout the country is ongoing despite the Ebola crises as water facilities and road networks are being improved.

Construction along New England Ville

Construction along New England Ville

Nationwide infrastructural development was stalled just when the Ebola crises had reached its peak and leading to international investors and foreign contractors and engineers leaving the country.

But efforts by the Government and international stakeholders have seen a drastic drop in the crises and development activities starting again.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marrah said in 2014 during his presentation to Parliament the Economic and Financial Policy on the Theme: Improving the livelihood of youths, women and our workforce; “our people witnessed the tremendous transformation throughout the country as we implemented the Agenda for Change. We have witnessed a resilient economy underpinned by strong economic growth in the face of global economic challenges, declining inflationary pressures, a new record low domestic interest rates, stable exchange rates, increased output of food and export crops, increased investment in trunk, city and feeder roads, increased electricity generation including solar street lights in Freetown and the provinces, free health services for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers; free primary school education; and payment of examination fees for NPSE, BECE and WASSCE; reduction in the barriers to business development; significant improvement in public financial management; and increased inflows of foreign direct investment; all of which have translated into significant reduction in the incidence of poverty from over two thirds of the population in 2004 to about half of the population in 2011.

“Our social services are also improving with the implementation of the free health care programme. The number of children sleeping under insecticide treated bed nets increased three-fold. The proportion of deliveries taking place in health facilities increased from 17.8 percent in 2008 to 55 percent in 2011 and further to 60.9 percent in 2012. The percentage of children immunised against common childhood diseases increased from 54.6 percent in 2008 to 83.8 percent in 2011 and further to 87 percent in 2012.”

Road construction in progress in Freetown

Road construction in progress in Freetown

With the advent of the Ebola disease in the country, the economy suffered greatly with all developmental activities put on hold, including the closing of schools nationwide.

Mohamed Koroma, a teacher of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Primary School said efforts in continuing processes in road rehabilitation and construction are indicative of Government’s dedication in making the country a better place.

Foreign nationals who fled the country are now returning and their businesses being readied to start again.

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