Through the Ministry of Information and Communications, President Julius Maada Bio has fully kick-started his agenda of digitalizing entire Sierra Leone as promised in the last elections campaign of 2017.
The president said realizing that to participate in the global economy every country requires to be digitalized, his government has successfully negotiated and secured a loan of US$30 Million with a one percent interest rate to ensure the effective implementation of the Fibre Cable Network project tagged as Phase Two Project.
He said the loan is intended to finance the essential infrastructure required to connect the Fibre Cable to hospitals, schools, and colleges across district headquarter towns and villages in Sierra Leone.
Phase two of the Fibre Cable Network Project as intended by the President is to boost both the public and private sector economy, thereby activating the engine of economic growth nationwide.
Receiving the fiber optic cables, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swaray stated that he was excited to be part of history-making and that the resources of the state would be all-time effectively and efficiently managed under President Bio’s administration; hence the one percent interest rate of the fiber program.
“Sierra Leone, like the rest of Africa, has missed out on three industrial revolutions but we can no longer afford to miss out on the fourth digital revolution,” Minister Swaray re-echoed the words of the president.
For his part, SALCAB or the Sierra Leone Cable Limited Managing Director, Ishmael Kebbay pledged that they would ensure that the digitalization dream of the President came to fruition. “We will further ensure that there’s effective collaboration between the Information Ministry, Huawei, and SALCAB.
A conducted tour with the Minister of Information and a team of Journalists at the Shipping Agency’s Warehouse to see the fiber cables and other equipment formed the high point of the event.
Credit: Strategic Communications Unit, Ministry of Information and Communications